On June 30 at 5 p.m. over 50 public libraries in The Ramapo-Catskill Library System (RCLS) will kick of its 2015 Summer Reading Program by participating in a Flash Mob at a local, highly-traffic community area. Based on the summer reading theme “Escape the Ordinary” for adults and “Every Hero has a Story” for children, the multi-county, multi-library event’s intent is to draw attention to the importance of reading as well as bring to that the public library system.
In flash-mob style, each participating library will select an area in their own community to express their love of libraries and reading. “The Rose Memorial Library is planning an eye-catching, fun event that day.”, says Youth and Adult Services Librarian Jennifer Russell of Stony Point’s Rose Memorial. She said locals should keep their eyes and ears open on June 30 at 5 p.m. for something unexpected on the corner of 9W and East Main St. Those interested in being a part of the Flash Mob can contact Russell at 845-786-2100 ext. 13.
According to the American Library Association: “The benefits to readers in a summer reading program include: encouragement that reading become a lifelong habit, reluctant readers can be drawn in by the activities, reading over the summer helps children keep their skills up, and it being summer, the program can just be good fun and provide an opportunity for family time.”