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Local musician to kick off Teen Summer Reading Program at library
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Statesboro musician Chris Mitchell kicks off the Teen Summer Reading Program at 4:30 p.m. today at the Statesboro Regional Library with an Evening of Songwriting and Storytelling. - photo by Special
    Statesboro musician Chris Mitchell kicks off the Teen Summer Reading Program at 4:30 p.m. today at the Statesboro Regional Library with an Evening of Songwriting and Storytelling.
    The library's Teen Program coordinator Jessica Garner said Mitchell welcomed the opportunity  to meet with teens. The event is open to anyone who is interested in storytelling or songwriting. Garner said Mitchell encourages would-be musicians to bring their own musical instrument, and any songs they may be working on.  
    “This age group is beginning to explore career choices,” Garner said. “What an opportunity to have a professional musician tell you what the music business is like and to share his experiences.”
    Mitchell is a guitarist, singer, songwriter/composer who is a graduate of Georgia Southern University. He owns Pladd Dot Music in downtown Statesboro, where he offers guitar lessons, graphic design, and records albums for local and regional musicians.
    Teens also can sign up for the teen version of the Summer Reading Program.  While younger children count the number of books they read, teens will keep up with the amount of time they spend reading.
    Studies show that teens who spend at least one hour per day reading will perform better in school. Elaine McDuffie, head of Youth and Family Services, said parents can still play an important role in the reading life of their teenagers.
    “Remember the library has many books that teens love to read,”  McDuffie said.  
     More unique teen events are scheduled for Tuesdays or Wednesdays during the 6-week Summer Reading Program, and printed schedules can be picked up at the Library.  
    The entire summer schedule is also available online at the library’s Web site:  www.srls.info. For more information on summer programs, please call 764-1344.