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The New York Public Library Kicks Off Summer Reading 2012 with Famed Diary of a Wimpy Kid Author Jeff Kinney And A Day Of Free Programming At the Seward Park Library
June 7, 2012— A day-long community celebration at the Seward Park Library marks the official start of The New York Public Library’s Summer Reading 2012 program, part of a citywide effort to keep kids reading over their summer vacation. On June 7 at 11 am, the streets will be brimming with summer readers signing up and enjoying live music, special guests, magic tricks, live animals, and, of course, our library lion, who will be taking photos with kids. The Seward Park Library is located at 192 East Broadway on the Lower East Side.
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