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Camden County Library Offers Summer Reading for Kids and Teens in 2016

~~NEWS RELEASE June 27, 2016
Contact: Mark Amorosi, Public Information Officer, (856) 772-1636 ext. 7323

Participants can track reading to earn incentives and enter raffle to win a gift card

– Popular children’s storyteller Mr. Malcolm gets an enthusiastic response from the kids at Merchantville June 8, 2016. Mr. Malcolm will be visiting four other branches of the Camden County Library System this summer. (Camden County Library photo/Christen Orbanus)]

VOORHEES, NJ  June 23, 2016 – The Camden County Library System is pleased to announce its 2016 summer reading program. This summer’s programs will follow a sports theme with “Get Ready, Set … Read” for children and “Get in the Game - Read” for teens and tweens.

Participants are welcome to register for the programs at any of the library’s eight local branches. Once enrolled, younger readers will get an activity sheet to compete for prizes and a chance to win a Barnes and Noble gift card based on time spent reading and titles read. Teens can compete too by completing activity cards for reading incentives and a chance to win their own gift card.

Many of the library’s branches will be hosting summer reading kickoff events and special programs to get readers into the spirit of the program this summer, staring Monday, June 27.

Bellmawr branch - Summer Family Sing-along and Summer Reading Signup
All ages
Monday, June 27, 3:30 p.m.
It’s party time! Sign up for Summer Reading, enjoy a snack, and listen to singer Jessica Carroll as she delights with “Summer Songs to Know and Love.”

Gloucester Twp. branch - Summer Reading Kick-Off

All ages

Monday, June 27, 2 p.m.

Sign up for the Summer Reading Program, enjoy a snack, and visit with our balloon artist! (Balloon creations done on a first-come first-served basis).

South County Branch - Party on the Patio

Ages 2 ½ and up

Monday, June 27, 2:30 p.m.

Drop in and celebrate Summer Reading with the second annual Party on the Patio. Register children for summer reading and enjoy the activities, crafts and snacks. The branch will offer several programs based on the reading themes. Check the library’s online events calendar or the newsletter “Imagine that”, p. 25 for more details.

Voorhees branch - Summer Reading Kickoff

Ages 3 - 12

Monday, June 27, 7  - 8:30 p.m.

It’s time for SummerReading! Drop by to get the scoop on how the program runs, get signed up, enjoy a snack, and get your face painted!

Merchantville Public Library - Afternoon Story Time for Summer Reading

All Ages

Tuesdays, June 28, July 5, 12, 19, 26, August 2, 2:30 p.m.

Drop in for stories, songs and a craft during this six-week Summer Reading story time session.

Summer reading is an effective way to maintain reading abilities and avoid the summer slide that can happen when students are out of school during the ten-week break between the end of June and the beginning of September.

Camden County Library System Director Linda Devlin cites a recent article from Scholastic publishers that reading only six books with a child during the summer months may keep a struggling reader from regressing.

Devlin urges parents and other caretakers, “Take advantage of all that our library has to offer. Ask our well-qualified librarians for help in selecting books that match your child’s abilities and interests. All of our branches participate in the summer reading program and offer activities to stimulate and motivate readers of all ages.”

“Don’t overlook the importance of your summer reading options. Summer reading is a great way to get jump on the next school year,” reminds Freeholder William Moen, as the Camden County Board of Freeholder’s liaison to the library system.



 Established in 1921, Camden County Library System seeks to meet the recreational, informational and educational needs of its customers with locations in Bellmawr, Camden, Gloucester Township, Haddon Township, Merchantville, Winslow Township and Voorhees.   The Library is governed and supported by the Camden County Board of Freeholders and the Camden County Library Commission.


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