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Eastern Iowans joins effort to break world reading record

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People across the country tried to break the world record for the largest shared reading experience Thursday. Millions of readers picked up the book Otis by Loren Long, including people during storytime at the Iowa City Public Library. They participated because they believe it's important for families to read to kids even before children can read on their own.

"It gets them excited about reading," said Mary Redington, Iowa City Public Library. "It's something you can do together with your mom or your dad, brother or your sister and it really builds a strong love for reading early on."

Jumpstart's Read for the Record aims to support childhood literacy.

Others across Eastern Iowa also participated.

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