Saturday, May 25, 2013

Reading Room to Hold Birthday Party, Free Gardening Event

The Cops 'n Kids Reading Room is turning two years old, and a birthday party has been planned to celebrate the milestone.

The public is invited to the event, which will happen on Saturday, June 8. Free food, free books and fun activities at the reading room will follow a parade that begins at 10:30 a.m. at Centennial Park, South 12th and Ferry streets, which will progress to the Cops 'n Kids Reading Room at the Easton Area Community Center.

A tae kwon do demonstration, storytime with Dr. Seuss, a "mad science demonstration, child safety protection finger printing, and other activities are planned from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There will also be a garden fair at the event, also from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., where West Ward Neighborhood Partnership gardeners will be giving away tomato, pepper, eggplant and other vegetable plants.

Composting and worm bin demonstrations, along with an interactive display for kids and families, and a raffle to win a basketful of flowers will also be part of the gardening celebration. Master Gardeners will be present to help with gardening questions.

Pre-planted tomato and basil pots will also be for sale for $10, and rain barrels will be available for $45.

Free recycling barrels will be available West Ward residents too.

The Easton Area Community Center is located at 901 Washington St. Both the Cops 'n Kids Birthday Party and the gardening celebration will take place in the rear of the building, accessible from South Ninth Street.

For more information about the event or about the Cops 'n Kids Reading Room, which aims to connect children and the community through literacy, visit

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