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DATE: Tuesday, June 7, 2016                                                                      Patricia Parente
                                                                                                                          (609) 267-9660, ext. 3081                                              


Burlington County Library System Kicks Off 2016 Summer Reading Program
New Online Access Tracks Reading Progress


Children of all ages are invited to have fun exercising their minds and stretching their imaginations by participating in the Burlington County Library’s System’s 2016 Summer Reading Program featuring an all-new online tracking system.

Kicking off June 20 at all BCLS branches, the eight-week program encourages youngsters to do more than just read; it urges kids to get outside and move, learn about their communities, and enjoy a wide variety of special library events.

”The Summer Reading Program is one of the library system’s most popular programs,” said Ranjna Das, director of the Burlington County Library System. “Last year, children across all our branches read more than 11,000 books and this year we hope to see that number topped.”

A new online tracking system will make participating this year even more fun and convenient. Children can create online accounts when visiting any branch or through the BCLS website, which will allow them to track their reading activity and earn virtual badges for reaching milestones. Young readers will continue to have the option of tracking their progress in writing by picking up Summer Reading “Badge Books” at their local branches and collecting sticker badges, too.

For every 10 books a child age 5 and under reads, and every four hours a child age 6 and up reads, one badge and prize is earned. There is no reading limit; more reading means more prizes, which may include books, coupons, toys, back-to-school supplies and more.

Additionally, those who create online accounts will have exclusive access to unique features like the new Activity Tracks, interactive step-by-step guides customized for each age group and designed to encourage learning, curiosity and fun. Children can explore a local park they’ve never visited, browse the library’s collection of audiobooks to get ready for a road trip, check out a library museum pass and visit a museum, virtually explore El Capitan in Yosemite National Park with Google Maps, and more. Kids who complete Activity Tracks are eligible to earn extra prizes. Additional online features include book lists, wish lists, app lists, learning tips and weekly emails with book recommendations that link to the BCLS catalog for easy access.

And all young readers will have plenty of reasons to visit their libraries because BCLS will once again present a wide selection of fun and educational programs at all branches, all summer long. Special system-wide events will include interactive magic shows, exciting science experiments, and live animal presentations. (Please see below.)

The Burlington County Library System includes the County Library in Westampton, and the Bordentown, Cinnaminson, Evesham, Maple Shade, Pemberton, Pinelands, and Riverton branches. For more information, contact Danielle Haubrich at (609) 654-6113, or Holly Hoskins at (856) 983-1444, or go to  Follow us at #BCLSreads, #exploreBCLS and #SummerReading.

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

Special Kick-off Parties June 20
Get ready for reading fun with exciting kick-off celebrations at BCLS branches on June 20.

• The County Library in Westampton. Enjoy a daylong carnival of events including: face painting, sand arts, crafts and games 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Juggling Hoffmans at 11 a.m. and again at 7 p.m.; Balloon Twisting Stilt Walker Kari at 1 p.m.; Magician David Conrad at 2 p.m.; and Touch-a-Truck with the Westampton Fire Department at 3 p.m.
• Bordentown – Brian Richards presents magic, comedy, storytelling, juggling and more at 2 p.m.
• Evesham - Drop in between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. to sign up and have fun with crafts, a treasure hunt and more.
• Maple Shade – Enjoy a Kick-off Luau at 2 p.m. and learn all about the Summer Reading program.

BCLS System-wide Events

Reading Rocks Magic Show with Joe Holiday – Kids ages 6 to 12 will enjoy this unique performance featuring a blend of magic, comedy, music, and audience participation that showcases popular and classic children’s literature.
• June 23 – Cinnaminson, 2 p.m.; Pinelands, 6 p.m.
• July 13 – Riverton, 4 p.m.; Maple Shade, 7 p.m.
• Aug 4 – Pemberton, 2 p.m.; Bordentown, 6:30 p.m.

The American Swedish Historical Museum Presents “For the Love of Sports” – With the Olympics right around the corner, kids can learn about the sports Swedish athletes are known for and how people from all over the country incorporate athletics into their lives.
• June 28 – Cinnaminson, 1:30 p.m.
• June 30 – Bordentown, 10:30 a.m.; Riverton, 3 p.m.
• Aug 1 – Evesham, 6:30 p.m.

Eyes of the Wild Presents Live Animals – Kids will learn about animals’ speed, agility, strength, flexibility and stamina, discover how they survive the wild, and get to know a few up close.
• July 7 – County Library, 2 p.m.
• July 26 – Pemberton, 11 a.m.; Pinelands, 2 p.m.
• Aug. 10 – Cinnaminson, 1 p.m.; Maple Shade, 3 p.m.

Piccirillo Sciencetelling Combines Science and Stories – Andrew Piccirillo uses science experiments to tell stories during this program for children ages 5 to 12.
• July 20 – Bordentown, 11 a.m.; Pinelands, 2:30 p.m.
• Aug. 13 – Maple Shade, 11 a.m.; County Library, 2 p.m.

David Engle Presents - Children ages 4 and up enjoy swashbuckling fun at Pirate School, and kids ages 3 to 12 enjoy intergalactic adventure at Star Wars Jedi Academy.
• Aug. 9 - County Library, 7 p.m. (Pirate School)
• Aug. 10 – Pemberton, 2 p.m. (Jedi Academy); Evesham, 7 p.m. (Pirate School)

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