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Prudential Again Sponsors Library’s Summer Reading Challenge
Press Release 6/24/99

The Prudential Foundation again has provided the generous funding to sponsor The Newark Public Library’s annual "Summer Reading Challenge," the premier reading and literacy program for Newark’s school children in grades pre-K through 8. This year’s theme is READ and the force is with you!

The festive program kicks off at 10:00am on Wednesday, June 30, with a fun-filled rally in Washington Park. It will feature a special gift, refreshments, and entertainment by mime Craig Babcock, as he presents a delightful exploration of the magic of movement—a program for all ages.

The Prudential Foundation’s "Summer Reading Challenge" encourages children to include the adventure of reading in their summer activities. It rewards their efforts with popular fun events and a step system of prizes. During the last few summers, 8,000 participating Newark children have read more than 60,000 books.

Children interested in signing up for the Challenge, which runs from June 28 to August 20, may do so in the Children’s Room of the main library or any of the branch libraries. Each child will receive a READ poster, bookmark, and reading log. All participants who read and report on at least five books will receive prizes and achievement certificates. At the September 11 (10am/Centennial Hall, main library) Award Ceremony, the top winners will receive personal audio equipment. Special prizes also will be awarded to the winners in each of the three divisions--pre-K through K, grades 1 through 3, and grades 4 through 8--who do the best job of coloring their READ posters.

"In addition to The Prudential Foundation Summer Reading Challenge," notes Michele Cappetta, youth services coordinator, "the library’s other Summer Fun programs include daily activities--such as movies, arts and crafts, games--in each of the library’s Children’s Rooms. Activities and times vary with each location." For more information about all of the Summer Fun programs, visit or call any of the Children’s Rooms:

Main Library 5 Washington St. 733-7797

Branch Brook 235 Clifton Ave. 733-6388

Clinton 739 Bergen St. 733-7754

First Avenue 282 First Ave. 733-8091

Madison 790 Clinton Ave. 733-8090

North End 722 Summer Ave. 733-7766

Roseville 99 Fifth St. 733-7770

Springfield 50 Hayes St. 733-7736

Vailsburg 75 Alexander St. 733-7749

Van Buren 140 Van Buren St. 733-7750

Weequahic 355 Osborne Terrace 733-7751

 

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