The Missourian's Summer Reading Program will debut in the May 17-18 issue.

This year will be the 14th for the effort to encourage young people to read and learn in the newspaper and rewards them with a free ticket to the Washington Town & Country Fair!

The Summer Reader Booklet will be inside the May 17-18 issue, along with a feature story by Karen Cernich.

In addition to the entry form, the booklet has details on the summer series in the newspaper, schedules of summer reading programs at the Washington Public Library and Scenic Regional Library branches, a schedule of the Family Fun Center at this year's Fair, Aug. 6-9, and details on a Photo Scavenger Hunt Contest for ages 9-13.

The Missourian's Summer Reading Program is sponsored by Bank of Franklin County and the Washington Town & Country Fair.