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Jack + Kitty kick off summer reading program

Clay Conover / Tribune Kitty, left, and Jack Norton play for children Wednesday at the Willmar Public Library. The musical program helped kick off the children's summer reading program at the library. 1 / 6
Clay Conover / Tribune Children dance Wednesday at a concert of the children's band Jack & Kitty at the Willmar Public Library. 2 / 6
Clay Conover / Tribune Kitty, left, and Jack Norton play for children Wednesday at the Willmar Public Library. The musical program helped kick off the children's summer reading program at the library. 3 / 6
Clay Conover / Tribune Children frolic as Kitty, left, and Jack Norton perform Wednesday at the Willmar Public Library. The musical program helped kick off the children's summer reading program at the library. 4 / 6
Kitty Norton sings with children while Jack Norton plays guitar at a concert at the Willmar Public Library on Wednesday, June 14. Clay Conover / Tribune5 / 6
Clay Conover / Tribune Kitty, left, and Jack Norton play for children Wednesday at the Willmar Public Library. 6 / 6

WILLMAR — Jack + Kitty, a Minneapolis-based children's band were in town Wednesday morning to play for children at the Willmar Public Library.

The duo is composed of the married couple of Jack and Kitty Norton. Kitty Norton's uncle is Bunny Wailer, one of the members of Bob Marley's famous band Bob Marley and the Wailers. Kitty spent part of her childhood in Jamaica.

Jack and Kitty Norton were high-school sweethearts and created an Emmy award-winning children's TV show.

The event was intended to get children into the library for the summer reading program, designed to keep children reading over the summer so they don't lose any of their reading skills.

"It's our big kick off for summer reading to get kids interested in doing summer reading," said Kathy Torkelson, the children's librarian at Willmar Public Library. "Other libraries had this group and I thought we would jump on the band wagon, and I went on their website and listened to them and they are really, really great."

The summer reading program goes through August and parents are encouraged to bring their children to the library to get signed up so they don't lose their reading skills over the summer.

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