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DATE: Wednesday, June 7, 2017                                                                  Patricia Parente
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Burlington County Library System Kicks Off 2017 Summer Reading Program
Join the Fun June 19 through Aug. 12

School’s almost out and kids of all ages are invited to put their vacation days to good use by participating in the Burlington County Library System’s 2017 Summer Reading Program and doing their part to help “Build a Better World.”

Kicking off Monday, June 19, the eight-week program encourages children and teens to track their reading progress, earn fun prizes, and attend lots of great programs at all BCLS branches before heading back to class.

”Our Summer Reading Program remains one of the library system’s most popular programs,” said Burlington County Freeholder Linda Hughes, the library system’s liaison. “Each year, children of all ages avoid the ‘summer slide’ by reading thousands of books and enjoying a variety of exciting programs at all eight of our library branches. We look forward to welcoming back last year’s participants, and encourage those who haven’t previously participated to join in the fun.”

This year’s Summer Reading theme is “Build a Better World,” and kids will find plenty of ways to do their part, from reading at home and at the beach, to attending fascinating library programs about science, nature and more to help keep their minds sharp all summer long.

Once again, participants will be able to use “Beanstack,” the BCLS online tracking system, to log their reading progress, explore books lists, and access activity guides customized for each age group and designed to encourage learning, curiosity and fun. (Paper BCLS reading logs also will be available at each library branch.)
Kids age 11 and under who register for their Beanstack accounts through the BCLS website and track their progress will earn virtual badges for reaching each reading milestone. For every 10 books a child ages 5 and under reads, and every four hours a child ages 6 to 11 reads, one badge and one prize will be earned. Those who reach all the reading milestones will earn the most prizes, and all badges earned online may be redeemed at a library branch. Extra rewards may also be earned by completing the online Activity Tracks. In addition, kids ages 12 to 18 who play the new BCLS Teen Summer Reading Bingo game that encourages reading and tackling fun activities also will be eligible to earn library prizes.

The Burlington County Library System includes the Burlington County Library in Westampton, and the Bordentown, Cinnaminson, Evesham, Maple Shade, Pemberton, Pinelands, and Riverton branches. For more information about the BCLS 2017 Summer Reading Program, contact Holly Hoskins at (856) 983-1444, Theresa Preziosa at (609) 893-8262, or Rosy Wagner at (609) 267-9660, or go to  Follow us at #BCLSreads, #exploreBCLS and #SummerReading.


BCLS Summer Reading Events for Kids
(Please note: some events may require registration. Please go to for details.

The Lizard Guys – These animal enthusiasts serve up a main course of reptiles and amphibians sprinkled with tasty tidbits of fun and a side of giggle soup! Meet lizards, snakes, turtles, frogs, and bugs during this fun, educational program. For ages 5 and up (siblings welcome).
• Burlington County Library – June 19, 4 p.m.
• Evesham – June 19, 6:30 p.m.
• Bordentown – June 20, 12:30 p.m.

• Pemberton – June 20, 3:30 p.m.
• Pinelands – June 20, 6 p.m.
• Riverton – June 28, 1 p.m.
• Maple Shade – June 28, 3:30 p.m.

Sciencetellers presents “Building: Tall Ships and Pirate Tales” - Set sail on a thrilling, action-packed adventure featuring a crew of quirky pirates marooned on a desert island. With mutiny and high-tide looming, they must rescue their salty captain and find a way to construct a ship before all hope is lost … at sea! Planks, sails, rigging, rails... what else could building a pirate ship possibly involve? Audience volunteers help explore the science behind clouds, combustion, air pressure, scientific variables and more during this refreshing nautical tale with a twist! For children in kindergarten through fifth grade.
• Evesham – June 21, 7p.m.
• Bordentown – July 20, 10:30 a.m.
• Cinnaminson – July 20, 2 p.m.
• Maple Shade – July 24, 3:30 p.m.
• Burlington County Library – Aug. 10, 2 p.m.
• Riverton – Aug. 10, 6 p.m.

Traveling Lantern Theatre Company presents “The Ribbles Build a Residence: The ABCs of Architecture, Building, and Construction” – Soon after their insect nuptials, Mr. and Mrs. Ribble are expecting a baby and they need a new family home. Mr. Ribble wants to go big with a four-grasshopper garage, but Mrs. Ribble convinces him to build a dream home that’s more environmentally and neighborhood friendly. By playing interactive games and discovering basic building techniques, the audience helps draw a ground plan. Thia Tweet the bird architect and Gerry the ant contractor assist the Ribbles in building a new home for a better world! For the whole family.
• Bordentown – July 12, 6 p.m.
• Pemberton – July 13, 10 a.m.
• Burlington County Library – July 13, 2 p.m.
• Cinnaminson – July 13, 6 p.m.

Joe Holiday presents “Reading Rocks” - International, award-winning magician Joe Holiday returns to perform outstanding feats of magic while showcasing popular and classic children's books such as "Holes," "Pete the Cat," "Ghost Buddy," and other recognizable titles. For ages 5 and up (siblings welcome.)
• Pinelands – July 20, 10:30 a.m.
• Riverton – July 20, 1:30 p.m.
• Cinnaminson – July 25, 2 p.m.
• Pemberton – July 25, 6 p.m.
• Burlington County Library – July 27, 2 p.m.
• Maple Shade – Aug. 10, 2 p.m.
• Bordentown – Aug. 10, 6 p.m.

Sciencetellers presents “Dragons and Dreams” - In a faraway world, two brave villagers take a daring journey to release the dragon and save the entire kingdom from an evil ice sorceress! Kids learn about dry ice and the changing states of matter through interactive and explosive experiments with fog, bubbles, flying rockets and more. For children in kindergarten through fifth grade.
• Evesham – July 24, 7 p.m.

Eyes of the Wild presents “Survival of the Fittest” - See amazing rescued animals and learn about a future that includes beautiful creatures and habitats, issues mankind must overcome to provide that future, and ways animals help build a better world. Hear success stories of how we are working toward a future for every living thing. Some animals that might be featured are the groundhog, degu, alligator, corn snake, ferret, chinchilla, coatimundi and dove. For ages 5 and up (siblings welcome).
• Evesham - Aug. 2, 7 p.m.
• Pinelands – Aug. 11, 2 p.m.

BCLS Summer Reading Events for Teens
(Please note: some events may require registration. Please go to for details.

Writing Workshops – Teens will polish their skills during this two-part, writing workshop. Get tips for writing a manuscript during the first session, then come back for a helpful critique to learn how to improve your craft.
• Cinnaminson – June 27 and July 18, 6:30 p.m.
• Evesham – July 6 and Aug. 22, 6:30 p.m.
• Burlington County Library – July 14 and Aug. 11, 2 p.m.

Author Skype Visits – During this five-week series, teens will have an opportunity to “visit” with five different Young Adult authors over Skype and ask questions about their work. Prior to each event, a chosen title by the author will be announced and ten copies will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the library location hosting the visit.
• Pemberton – July 13, 6:30 p.m.
o Sara Ockler
• Evesham – July 17, 6:30 p.m.
o Jo Knowles
• Burlington County Library - July 25, 6:30 p.m.
o A.S. King
• Bordentown – Aug. 3, 6:30 p.m.
o Claire LeGrand
• Cinnaminson – Aug. 8, 7:15 p.m.
o Kendare Blake

Summer Lock-ins – Teens are invited to enjoy exclusive after-hours library access for programming tailored just for them. (Permission slips must be submitted prior to each event.)
• Bordentown – July 21, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. (For ages 13 to 18)
• Pemberton – July 28, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. (For ages 13 to 18)
• Burlington County Library – Aug. 18, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (For ages 12 to 18)


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