Miss NJ & mayor to read in LEH “Read Across America”

Miss New Jersey Cara McCollum and Mayor Arthur R. Midgley will participate as guest readers in Ocean County Library’s “Read Across America” program at the Little Egg Harbor branch, 290 Mathistown Rd., 6 p.m. Tuesday March 4.

The event will also include a special appearance by The Cat in the Hat along with games, crafts and stories.

Children of all ages are invited to join in the fun. Registration is required. For more information or to register telephone the branch 609-294-1197 or go online to the OCL website www.theoceancountylibrary.org, open the “Events and News” drop down list, then click on “Calendar of Events.”

“Read Across America” is a National Education Association’s annual program that occurs around the birth anniversary of Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel. This year marks the program’s 17th-anniversary.

It is a reading motivation and awareness program that calls for children across America to improve and increase their reading skills and comprehension.

Cara McCollum is an English major at Princeton University. Reading promotion has been very important to her. Her platform during the Miss America pageant was “Giving the Gift of Reading,” linked to a program she started as a teen.

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