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Posted on: October 3, 2017

Lights On Afterschool at Anoka County Library

October 26, 2017

Anoka County Library (ACL) joins more than 7,500 communities and one million Americans in celebrating afterschool programs on Thursday, October 26, for this year's Lights On Afterschool. 

ACL will host seven programs aimed at school-age children as part of the celebration.  Programs range from STEM programs to art classes.  These afterschool programs build on the strengths and needs of learners by offering hands-on opportunities for skills building. 

 “Afterschool opportunities at the library allow kids to explore their personal interests and continuing learning when school is not in session,” said Anoka County Library Board President Dan Greensweig.   

Research shows that youth who participate regularly in high-quality afterschool programs do better in school and attend school more frequently. They also have fewer behavior problems and stay engaged during peak hours for juvenile crime. Additionally, afterschool programs help working parents by providing a safe place for youth.

Lights On Afterschool is organized by the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness and advocacy organization working to ensure that all children have access to quality afterschool programs. More information on the Afterschool Alliance, Lights On Afterschool and America After 3PM, is available at  

For a full listing of Lights On Afterschool events at ACL, please visit the event calendar.

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