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Valley Mall hosts Washington County Reading Day

May 01, 2008

Partners in Literacy invites you to attend the sixth annual Washington County Reading Day on Saturday at Valley Mall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A free book will be given to the first 1,000 children who attend.

Come to Center Court in front of the Bon-Ton department store dressed as your favorite storybook character and take a trip through the mall as magician and master of ceremonies Michael T leads the kickoff parade beginning at 10 a.m.

At Center Court, authors Alan Katz, Mary Quattlebaum and Carolyn Reeder will be on hand to talk about and to sign copies of their books. Books will be available for purchase.

Storyteller Ann Griffith will take the stage at 1 p.m. with a story sure to capture your imagination.

The 2007 Washington County Teen Idol Lawren Hill and this year's Teen Idol Erin Spring, and second-place winner Christine Edmond, will perform at Center Court beginning at 1:30 p.m.

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Musical entertainment featuring the Boonsboro Middle School Brass Band, Springfield Middle School, Boonsboro Middle School Merit Chorus, and Boonsboro Fifth Grade Band will be in the Food Court between 10:20 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Local recording artist Tim Moffit will perform beginning at 11:45 a.m. Immediately prior to Tim's performance, Dr. Gloria Grimsley of Washington County Public Schools, will read to children in Spanish and Washington County Free Library's Mr. Jeff will read a children's favorite near the Macy's mall entrance.

Many local nonprofit organizations will be on hand to provide information and special activities during the event hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Be sure to pick up a schedule of the day's events at the Center Court so you can plan to attend all the special activities.

Washington County Reading Day is sponsored by Partners in Literacy, the Nora Roberts Foundation, Washington County Free Library, The Herald-Mail Co., Antietam Cable, Valley Mall, Verizon, Washington County Reading Council and Washington County Public Schools.

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