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Friends Alexis Pensiero,13, left, and Ervina Ujkaj, 13, of Darien talk about books at the Summer Reading Teen Finale celebration at Darien Library, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in Darien, Conn.
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Food, drink, games and mingling took place at the Summer Reading Teen Finale celebration at Darien Library, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in Darien, Conn.
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Emma Grigoryan, 10, of Darien, enjoys some reading time by the fountain at the Summer Reading Teen Finale celebration at Darien Library, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in Darien, Conn.
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Hitej Radia, 11, left, of Darien, waits for his brother, Ishaan, 13, to finish his slice at the Summer Reading Teen Finale celebration at Darien Library, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in Darien, Conn.
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Joyce Huang, 11, of Darien, glances through her new book at the Summer Reading Teen Finale celebration at Darien Library, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in Darien, Conn.
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Kezia Tandjaja, 17, of Darien, looks over a volume at the Summer Reading Teen Finale celebration at Darien Library, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in Darien, Conn.
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Lilyt Grigoryan, 12, of Darien, looks through some books at the Summer Reading Teen Finale celebration at Darien Library, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in Darien, Conn.
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Sharing talk and pizza are, from left, Noah Mobarik, 13, Nora Shrifeh, 14, and Luke Smith, 14, all of Darien, at the Summer Reading Teen Finale celebration at Darien Library, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in Darien, Sharing talk and pizza are, from left, Noah Mobarik, 13, Nora Shrifeh, 14, and Luke Smith, 14, all of Darien, at the Summer Reading Teen Finale celebration at Darien Library, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in Darien, Conn.
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Some celebrants enjoyed hanging out in the Rolling Video Games of New England bus at the Summer Reading Teen Finale celebration at Darien Library, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in Darien, Conn.
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Swaha Chakraborty, 12, of Darien, sits with others by the fountain at the Summer Reading Teen Finale celebration at Darien Library, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in Darien, Conn.

DARIEN — Aiming to promote a love for reading over the requirement for it, the Darien Library hosted its Summer Reading Teen Finale celebration Thursday evening on the front patio.

“The summer is the only time you get to read for pleasure,” explained Mia Orobona, teen services librarian, “and we want to motivate them to read for fun.”

There were various challenge incentives incorporated throughout the program, including scavenger hunts, puzzles, and reading activities. More than 100 kids in middle and high school participated.

The Finale featured food and drink, free books for participants, games, and even a mobile video game bus parked onsite.

“This is a chance to celebrate,” Orobona said.