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DeSoto bookmobile receives gift from Entergy

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SOUTHAVEN, MS (WMC-TV) - It has been said that reading is fundamental, and for the First Regional Library system, which sponsors the Words on Wheels book wagon, communicating that message to people who are unable to get to the library is very important. 

"We feel like it helps the teachers go out there, provide them with library resources, books, toys and learning activities," said Victoria Penny, Early Childhood Coordinator for the library system.

The Regional Library bookmobile covers a five county area in Northwest Mississippi including.  Their focus is pre-schoolers ages 3-5 years, and Thursday, the bus program received a $25,000 gift from the Entergy Corp.

Parents like Catrina Kingscott said the program does an excellent job of exposing books to young children.

"My one daughter, she just turned four, and she's already trying to read, because she likes having people read to her and she just can't wait to be able to do it herself," Kingscott said.

Entergy President Haley Fisackerly called education is the key to success.

"Children want to learn, and many times parents want to help, but sometimes low income families don't have means to get them to the library," he said. "We're gonna take the library to them."

To parents like Kingscott, it's a valuable service.

"If you can't get to the library you can check out a book here, and that way you don't have to try to get there, so its definitely a useful tool," she said.

Thursday's check presentation was made to the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi, which helps to fund the program.

The book wagon will visit approximately 300 child care centers and pre-schools during the year.

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