HAGERSTOWN -- Libraries in Washington County will be buggin' children all summer long - but the youngsters probably aren't going to mind.
And insect repellent won't be necessary.
"Catch the Reading Bug" kicked off Friday at the main branch of the Washington County Free Library at 100 S. Potomac St. Many of the county's branch libraries will be participating.
Jeff Ridgeway, head of children's services, said the library has been sponsoring summer reading programs since the 1930s.
Dozens of youths of all ages turned out Friday morning for face painting, balloon sculptures, ice cream and insect-themed games.
The task of organizing the kickoff and coordinating the summertime events fell to Catherine Hall, who joined the children's staff about a year ago.
"All summer, the children will keep track of the books they read, and we will stamp their game boards," Hall said.