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Celebrate National Library Week by stopping by your local branch!

3News anchor Laura Caso stopped by Cleveland Public Library's Fleet branch to read stories and make some 'new best friends.'

CLEVELAND — April 3-9 has been deemed National Library Week, a perfect time to drop in at your local branch library and see what's happening.

3News anchor Laura Caso did just that, stopping by Cleveland Public Library's Fleet branch on April 5 to meet the staff and read stories aloud in the children’s section.

Laura had a ball reading several stories, including "Chicken Pox Explosion," her own storybook that she wrote as a child. It tells the true story of how chicken pox attacked her family while they were visiting Italy.

Afterward, the bonding continued for Laura and her "new best friends" — four girls who love books and delighted in the chance to talk to a news anchor about the need to read. All were in agreement with Laura that reading to learn is important. In fact, it's "way important," as one of the girls put it.

In honor of National Library Week, each Cleveland Public Library branch is offering a special series of in-person and virtual programs for the entire family through April 9.

"There's so much to discover with a Cleveland Public Library card," Dr. Tonya Briggs, branch manager of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. library branch in on Stokes Boulevard, said. "It's an opportunity to get to know the library staff and learn about the unique offerings at our branches."

The week is presented by the American Library Association, which encourages people to visit their local library and post pictures of the visit on social media using the hashtag #MyLibrary. The ALA also is asking library patrons to unite against the increased banning of certain books.

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