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A free magic show will kick off the Fort Lee Community Library Summer Reading Program on June 23, 10:30-11:15 a.m., at the Lee Theater.

The program will feature magician Rob Westcott and his adorable rabbit sidekick, Prince Charming. Everyone in the community is invited to attend. No pre-registration is required.

Immediately following the show, those who have not yet registered for the Summer Reading Program may stop by the library to do so. The library is located on the 2nd floor of building 12420, 34th Street (in the Army Logistics University building across from the lodging facility.)

Registration kits – consisting of a book carrying bag, a T-shirt, a reading log, a pencil and a bookmark – are available to anyone who participates in the program and may be picked up at the library during sign-up. Kits will be saved for those who registered prior to the kickoff event.

The theme for this year’s program is “Read to the Rhythm” and Bobbie Carr, director of the library, encourages participation by the entire community.

“Parents and older siblings can really help younger members of the family by joining the program right along with them,” she said. “Share your love of books with them. Talk about the favorite stories you read as a child. Listen to them read or read to them. Throw in an audiobook during family outings. Building a life-long reader starts with recognition of the fun and adventure that can be found on the published page.”

Incentive prizes will be available each week to children taking part in the program, Carr noted. Participating adults will be eligible for a prize at the end of the summer. There is no particular type of book or volume of reading that needs to be accomplished to qualify for prizes, she added. The program’s goal is to simply encourage reading through a fun, community-based event.

“The youth participants do have to log the books read or their time spent reading, and bring their log to the library once a week to claim their reward,” Carr clarified.

As part of the program, a “Read to the Rhythm Story and Craft Hour” for grade school children is planned for each Tuesday, July 7-28, from 10:30-11:30 a.m., at the library. The Preschool Story Hour is expected to continue with activities related to the summer reading program theme each Wednesday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. The continuation of these events or their scheduled times and dates may change when the library welcomes a new director over the summer, said Carr who is preparing for retirement.

Community parents are reminded also the Read-2-Rover program has been suspended until further notice. This change also is related to the change in library leadership.

For more information about library programs, call (804) 765-8095 or visit www.leemwr.com.