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Providence Leaders to Join Children at Launch of PCL's 2014 Summer Reading Program

Published Date: 
June 20, 2014

Swapping Speeches For Storybooks At Mount Pleasant Library

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Senator Paul A. Jabour, Representative Maria E. Cimini and Council President Michael Solomon will help get Providence Community Library’s Summer Reading Program off to great start by reading stories to children at Mount Pleasant Library’s kick-off party on Thursday, June 26 at 2:00pm.

The three special guests readily agreed to entertain the young readers, who also will enjoy face painting, temporary tattoos, making robot vests and a real "erupting" model volcano. As with any good party, there will be a yummy cake and snacks, courtesy of Mount Pleasant Library Friends.

"We’re delighted that three such busy people have made time to attend our launch party" said PCL Executive Director Laura Marlane. "They support our ambition to see every school student enrolled in the Summer Reading Program. It really helps to prevent the 'summer slide', which is the loss of reading ability that occurs if children don’t read during the long summer break."

Special launch parties are being held at all of PCL’s branches. Young people who sign up at one of the events will get a free book to take home and keep, donated by the nonprofit organization, Books Are Wings. PCL’s program will feature regular special performances by entertainers and participants will be able to complete game cards filled with fun activities in return for raffle tickets. Competition age categories range from 0-3 years right through to high school teens; prizes include an iPod, a Kindle and a chance for the state’s grand prize - a trip to Disney World!