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Gloucester County Launches Children's Summer Reading Program This year's theme is "Dragons, Dreams, and Daring Deeds"

WOODBURY, NJ - Gloucester County is kicking off its Summer Reading Program at the Food Court of the Deptford Mall on Saturday, June 18th from 10:30 to 11:30 AM. This year's theme is "Dragons, Dreams, and Daring Deeds". The celebration will include a lively performance by Mr. Malcolm (actor Chuck Bennett) and friends. This theatrical group will perform several favorite children's stories.

Freeholder Director Stephen Sweeney said, "Gloucester County Library System's Summer Reading Program is largely utilized by our families because our Library puts together a top-notch program." Sweeney said, "I have no doubt that this year's program and kick-off will add and element of excitement for the children and their summer vacation. Encouraging children to read is one of the best things we can do for their future and the kick off celebration strives to grab the children's interest, said Sweeney.

Many of Gloucester County's public libraries will be on hand to sign up children for 2005 Summer Reading Programs. These programs are designed to involve children of all ages and ability levels in fun activities related to literature. These activities keep children reading during the summer, helping them retain the skills they acquire during the school year and encouraging whole families to get involved with books and reading as recreation.

Bill Krebs, Freeholder Liaison to the Gloucester County Library System, says, "Reading to your children and supporting your child's interest in reading really works. It helps children explore, learn and grow. I want to encourage families to come out to the celebration and sign up for the summer."

Children attending will receive coupons and give-away items courtesy of the Even Start Family Literacy Program, mall merchants, and other local businesses.

The event is sponsored by Even Start Family Literacy Program of Gloucester County. This educational program is designed to empower parents to become full partners in the educational and social development of their children, thus assisting children to reach their full potential.