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Third annual Children Book Fair coming to Harlem this August

Mahogany Linebarger Special to the AmNews | 6/20/2013, 1:13 p.m.
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On Saturday, August 3, 2013, members of the Abraham Lincoln Neighborhood Development Corporation and Gift Children's Books Inc. will be hosting the children's book fair. The event, which is in its third year, will be held outdoors on 135th street and 5th avenue from 11:30am to 5:30pm.

The motivation behind this fair is to combat the lack of bookstores and libraries in the area. The organizations are concerned with the lack of reading resources in Harlem and the negative effects this is having on children. The mission of this community event is to distribute free books to children ages 3 to 12 years old and help them expand their home libraries. The hosting organizations are also striving to encourage and improve literacy and a love for reading.

Abraham Lincoln Neighborhood Development Corporation and Gift Children's Books Inc. are estimating that about 7,000 books will be distributed to 350 to 400 children during the fair.

After selecting a book children are going to be asked to read and recite a pledge proclaiming their dedication to reading at home and to remaining healthy and safe:

"My Pledge"

-I will choose to value myself and to respect myself.

-I will choose to attend school every day and ask my teachers questions so that I can learn something every day.

-I will choose to read a book at home, every day, for at least 20 minutes.

-I will choose to look-up words whose meanings I do not know.

-I will choose to not poison my body with drugs and substances, which are destructive to my health.

-I will choose to not use guns or engage in any violence in my home and my community.

-I will choose all of these because I am special and I will become a productive adult.

Children who cannot read will have the pledge read to them by an adult or parent.

The hosting organizations are raising money to fund children's book fair. Their goal is to raise $9,865. Supporters may donate to the book fair by visiting the fund raising website, http://www.crowdrise.com/childrenbookfair.