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2012 summer reading kickoff: Dream Big, Read!

Face painting was among the activities available at

Face painting was among the activities available at the 2012 Summer Reading Program kickoff, "Dream Big, Read!" at the Long Island Children's Museum. (June 14, 2012) Credit: Renee McGrath

Just because school's almost out, it doesn't mean your books should take a vacation, too. Nassau Library System's Youth Services Department recently held a launch party at the Long Island Children’s Museum to kick off this year's Summer Reading Program, "Dream Big, Read!"

About 300 children, parents and caregivers from Nassau County enjoyed many hands-on arts-and-crafts activities, including making a campfire and a collage art project, as well as face painting. Families also got a sneak peek into the new traveling exhibit, "Framed: Step into Art" that will be at the museum from June 15 to Sept. 2.

If you're looking to get your kids involved in the "Dream Big, Read!" program, simply register your child at your library's summer reading program. You'll get to participate in story times, music, craft sessions, science and nature projects and more. Visit your library’s website to see a complete list of summer activities and programs, and keep track of the books your kids read this summer.

All the books in the "Dream Big, Read!" program are focused on nighttime activities. Some of the titles are:

Babies and toddlers: "It's Time to Sleep, It's Time to Dream," by David A. Adler

Preschoolers: "Moonlight," by Helen V. Griffith

K-third grade: "The Man in the Moon," by William Joyce

Grades 4-6: "Moon Over Manifest," by Clare Vanderpool

Here's to a great summer with lots of fun -- and books!

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