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Gloucester County Children’s Summer Reading Program Begins June 17th ‘Paws, Claws, Scales - and Tales!’ is Theme of this year’s program

(Deptford, NJ) – Gloucester County will kick-off the Summer Reading Program on Saturday, June 17th at the Deptford Mall.  Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney and Freeholder Bill Krebs said that children from any part of Gloucester County are eligible to participate.  Most of the libraries in the county will be represented at the June 17th kick-off and will be registering children for their programs.

“The state-wide theme for Summer Reading is ‘Paws, Claws, Scales - and Tales!’ featuring books and activities about pets and animals,” said Freeholder Director Sweeney.  “This year’s theme should add an element of excitement for the children considering the sightings of the big ‘Paws and Claws’ that have been reported in Greenwich,” said Sweeney.  “By making reading fun with the Summer Reading Program we are encouraging our children to become lifelong learners,” said Sweeney.

The Summer Reading Program is 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.

Freeholder Bill Krebs said, “Encouraging children to enjoy reading is one of the best things we can do for them.”  Krebs is the liaison to the Gloucester County Library System (GCLS).  “The county’s libraries do an outstanding job at focusing on young readers, family reading and getting kids involved in learning.  The Summer Reading program offers everyone the opportunity to take a mini-vacation inside their imagination,” stated Krebs.

The kick-off event will take place in the Food Court of the mall from 10 to 11am.  "Mr. Malcolm" (actor Chuck Bennett) will perform stories from Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book" at 10am.  The Deptford Mall is sponsoring the event and will provide a small prize for every child who registers for Summer Reading.

The New Jersey Library Association (NJLA) has a Summer Reading web site with information for kids featuring lists of recommended books by age group, and resources for parents to help their children maintain their reading skills during the summer months.