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Public television station WTVP, Peoria, is teaming up with area libraries for its annual Rainbow Readers project to encourage children to read during the summer.     

The station is seeking readers ages 7 to 12 to videotape book reports to be broadcast on air. Participants will be chosen by librarians from among children enrolled in libraries’ summer reading programs.

“WTVP is asking librarians to select one student to represent their library, and then register with the station by July 5,” said Mary Heinemann, WTVP education outreach coordinator. The children will tape their 30- to 60-seconds memorized book reports at the station in late July.

“The children always are so excited to tell about their favorite book and then see themselves on TV giving their reports between the station’s regularly scheduled children’s programming,” Heinemann said. “We hope it gets kids who are watching at home interested in going to their own local libraries to discover the abundance of stories waiting for them there.”

The project is modeled after the former “Reading Rainbow” children’s series hosted by LeVar Burton that aired on PBS from 1983 to 2006. For more information, contact Heinemann at (309) 495-0595.