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Two Camden Co. Libraries Treating Kids to Free Books this Halloween

NEWS RELEASE October 22, 2013

Contact: Mark Amorosi, Public Information Officer, 856-772-1636 ext. 7323

Over 1,000 Books provided by First Book, 6abc/WPVI and NJ Library Association

The Camden County Library System plans to give out free books to kids and teens at its Ferry Ave. and Rutgers Downtown libraries next week during two Halloween programs.

VOORHEES, NJ – Oct. 22, 2013 – The Camden County Library System is giving over one thousand free books to children and teens in Camden at two of its branches in the city. The books are being provided courtesy of the national First Book program, 6abc and the New Jersey Library Association.

The free books are being given to children and teens at two Halloween programs among others at the Camden County Library’s Downtown and Ferry Ave. branch libraries.

The Nilsa I. Cruz-Perez Downtown Branch located at 301 N. 5th Street will host a Haunted Halloween Party, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 4 – 5 p.m.  The Riletta L. Cream Branch located 825 Ferry Ave. will stage a Halloween Parade, Thursday Oct. 31, 11:30 a.m. Those attending are expected to wear their best Halloween attire.

The books are being provided by First Book, a national organization, in collaboration with  6abc in Philadelphia, which asked members of local literacy groups to “friend” them on Facebook as part of a social media campaign that began in the winter.

Members of the New Jersey Library Association posted the second highest number of likes on 6abc’s page winning over 1,000 free books from First Book for children and teens. The NJLA subsequently asked the Camden County Library System to give out the books directly to children and teens at its two Camden City branches.

“We’re really excited. Giving free books is a neat way to treat kids at Halloween. I think it sends a message that reading and books can be part of the fun kids look forward to at Halloween,” said Camden County Library System Director Linda Devlin.

“Books open a world of opportunities for children by expanding their education and imagination,” said Freeholder Ian Leonard, liaison to the Camden County Library System.  “By providing free books, the Camden County Library System and its partners are giving these children the gift of knowledge while exposing them to the fun of reading.”

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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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