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Children's Book Week programs planned

November 14, 1997

Nov. 17 to 23 is National Children's Book Week - a week set aside to encourage the enjoyment of reading for children.

Washington County Free Library in Hagerstown will celebrate the occasion with several activities aimed at promoting reading in the community.

On Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. Children's Librarian Jeff Ridgeway will host a "Family Reading Night" in the B-C meeting room at the library. Ridgeway will share picture books and stories for children of all ages in this half-hour program.

On Saturday, Nov. 22, there will be a Celebrity Read Aloud held in the children's department where prominent community members will share picture books with children.

Participants include Crystal Brown, local storyteller; Pam Reed, owner of The Bookstore Etc.; WHAG television newsperson Mary Kay Albowicz; County Commissioner R. Lee Downey and Hagerstown's Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II.

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There also will be refreshments, drawings for free T-shirts and other prizes and a table where kids can make their own bookmarks.

The Saturday events are done in part to publicize the Maryland Public Television "Ready to Learn" reading station housed at the library. The reading station table features books with tie-ins to Maryland Public Television programming such as "Wishbone," "Arthur" and the "Magic Schoolbus" series.

National Children's Book Week was begun in 1919 by American Booksellers Association to promote quality reading to children. The Book Week celebration was later adopted in 1944-45 as a project by Children's Book Council - an association of children's book editors - which continues to sponsor the event. Both school and public libraries recognize this week along with National Library Week in April as opportunities to celebrate the quality and importance of children's literature in society. The children's department of Washington County Free Library invites the public to attend these programs.

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