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Free 'Book Blast' event for kids at Smith Haven Mall

The Book Blast event for kids will take

The Book Blast event for kids will take place at Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. (Credit: Smith Haven Mall)

Looking for something fun and educational to do with the kids this weekend? Simon Kidgits Club at the Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove is hosting a free Book Blast event on Saturday, Feb. 22 from 1-3 p.m.

Children's favorite classics will come to life through read-aloud sessions, giveaways and story-inspired activities. The goal of the Book Blast event is to make reading a fun, social experience for kids.

A reading of Eric Carle's "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" presented by Barnes & Noble will kick off the event in Center Court. In addition, children can participate in a make-your-own hungry caterpillar craft as well as an "I Love Reading" crown craft. There will be a special area set up for kids to play and create letters and numbers using Play Doh and cookie cutters. Reading and spelling floor games as well as food samples from Auntie Anne's Pretzels and Mosaic Turkish Grill will also be included.

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Each child who attends the event will also receive a pre-loved book and bookmark to take home from Better World Books.

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