‘Book Blast’ at The Falls to kick off book drive

By Lee Stephens….
The Falls welcomes children of all ages to celebrate the joys of reading at the Simon Kidgits Club’s “Book Blast” event on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2 to 4 p.m.

Event attendees will enjoy an afternoon of engaging reading activities including interactive story telling by popular children’s author Lisa McCourt, author of I Love You, Stinky Face, arts and crafts to help bring to life children’s stories and celebrate the joy of reading and more.

Copies of I Love You, Stinky Face will be available for purchase onsite at Sparkle Plenty, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit “Just Read, Florida!” In addition, participants also will have the opportunity to use Apple iPads to explore the Florida Department of Education’s “Find a Book, Florida,” tool that will help attendees locate new and intriguing books tailored to their own reading interests based upon the attendee’s reading ability.

In collaboration with the Florida Department of Education, a two-week book drive will commence at The Falls’ “Book Blast” event. Families are encouraged to donate new and gently used books at Guest Services beginning on Saturday, Feb. 12, continuing through Sunday, Feb. 27. The books will support the goals of the Florida Department of Education’s “Just Read, Florida!” initiative and will be distributed to local area programs and schools.

The Simon Kidgits Club’s “Book Blast” event is free to members. Families can sign up for the Kidgits Club, during regular mall hours, for a membership fee of $5. Membership includes a Kidgits Club membership card and T-shirt, scheduled entertainment and activities for families, a Birthday Club (including birthday card and gift redemption certificate), unique programs and offers, discounts and a quarterly newsletter.

For more information, visit online at www.simon.com/kidgits.

The event is at Center Court of The Falls, 8888 SW 136 St.

For more information about The Falls call 305-255-4571, visit www.simon.com or become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ShopTheFalls.

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