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Hans Schwertz and his children, from left, Luise, Maddy, Mia and Lily look at nails suspended from string to show how they would have joined boards on a Viking ship at the new Vikings exhibit at the Natural History Museum of Utah in Salt Lake City on Friday, May 26, 2017.

SALT LAKE CITY — Children, teens and adults who finished the Salt Lake County Library’s Summer Reading Challenge will get to discover everything the Natural History Museum of Utah has to offer — for free.

Those who finished the challenge will receive a free pass to Library Days at the Natural History Museum of Utah valid on one of the three days: Wednesday, Aug. 9, 5-9 p.m., adults only; and Saturday, Aug. 12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesday, Aug. 15, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., all ages.

Any participants who did not finish the program may receive $2 off admission to Library Days. The $2 off admission is good for all county library card holders through Sept. 30. Just show a county library card during regular business hours to receive the discount.

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“Summer learning loss negatively impacts students, parents, teachers and the community at large,” librarian Nyssa Fleig said in a statement. “Summer learning gain, through participation in the Summer Reading Challenge and the Library Days celebration, is a win-win for everyone. These programs help keep children, teens and adults exercising their brains during summertime and, most importantly, they make learning fun.”

As of July 18, more than 52,000 participants had signed up for the challenge. During 2016, nearly 61,000 participants signed up for the program, which helps stem the summer slide, when kids and adults are challenged less by learning during vacation, leading to decreased brain activity during the summer months.