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Staff Sgt. Gavin Ramos, services journeyman with the 380th Expeditionary Force Support Squadron, is video-recorded while reading a book for his children April 8, 2010, at a non-disclosed base in Southwest Asia. Sergeant Ramos was the first Airman at the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing to participate in the United Services Organization's United Through Reading program. The program allows for a deployed service member to read a book while being recorded and the book and a DVD is sent home to a child to see and follow along. Sergeant Ramos is deployed from the 154th Force Support Squadron at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, and his hometown is Kapolei, Hawaii. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Master Sgt. Scott T. Sturkol/Released)

The United Through Reading program allows for a deployed service member to read a book while being recorded. The book and the recording are sent home to a child to see and follow along. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Master Sgt. Scott T. Sturkol/Released)

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE Fla. --

The United Through Reading program bonds military families separated by deployment through reading children’s books on video.

Since partnering with the Eglin Library this year, the organization sent the library more than 70 books for recording, said Jennifer Kepple, supervisory librarian.

Before a deployment, a service member can select a book and record it.  The recording is then e-mailed to the member to send anywhere they choose.  The member also gets a book for themselves and one for their children.

“Separation due to deployment can greatly impact a family,” she said.  “Video recordings of a deployed service member reading to their children gives their family a sense of normalcy and continuity.”

She said the library will display the books so patrons can see what they want to read.

To book recording appointments, call 882-9308.