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Reading Day is May 13

April 18, 2006

The fourth annual Washington County Reading Day will be Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown, 32 W. Washington St.

More than 35 children's authors will attend, including Jonathan London, author of the Froggy series and of "Desolation Canyon," the serial novel appearing in The Herald-Mail newspapers every Tuesday and Thursday through May 11; and Chris Crutcher, author of numerous novels for young adults. There also will be music, face painting and balloon sculpting.

Discovery Station, the children's science center at 101 W. Washington St., is offering free admission that day.

One major component of Washington County Reading Day is a book giveaway. A book donation drive to collect new and gently used children's and young adult books is under way. Donations for this year's giveaway can be made at any of the schools in the county, at all branches of Washington County Free Library and at Borders on U.S. 40 west of Hagerstown through April 21.

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Last year, more than 1,000 people attended the celebration of reading and more than 4,000 books were put into children's hands.

Partners in Literacy, Washington County Free Library, The Herald-Mail Co., Washington County Public Schools, the Washington County Reading Council and the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown would like to thank Food Resources, the Nora Roberts Foundation, Borders, the Dog House, Art and Ruth Anne Callaham, and Alex Smelgus for their support of this year's Reading Day.

The library strives to make all programs accessible. Please inform them of special needs two weeks prior to the program to request special accommodations.

For more information, call 301-739-3250, ext. 166.

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