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Brooklyn Public Library kicks off its 2015 summer reading program

Bam! Pow! Library kicks off superhero-themed summer reading program

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Super sabers: Randy and Ryder Jeronimo, of Sunset Park, show off their superhero skills at the Brooklyn Public Library’s summer reading kickoff on June 4.
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Summer stooge: Actors entertain kids at the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library on June 4.
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Ready to read: Landon Bonhomme, of Canarsie, holds onto some of his books at the Brooklyn Public Library’s summer reading kickoff on June 4.
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Masked readers: Kayin Kampishamba, Ziyah Sookhoo, Jahniya Hodge, from Flatbush, show off their masks at the Brooklyn Public Library on June 4.
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Bounce for books: Kids bounce inflatable soccer balls on a parachute at the Brooklyn Public Library’s summer reading kickoff on June 4.

Holy literacy promotion, Batman!

The Brooklyn Public Library kicked off its annual summer reading program on June 4 with an superhero-themed celebration at its central branch, where legions of daring youngsters played action-packed games, made masks, danced to live music, and, of course, super-powered their brains through reading.

The Library’s reading program encourages kids to keep their noses firmly planted in books while school is out through rewards, contests, and in-library events. The scheme aims to fight the so-called “summer slide,” in which young people who don’t consume books over the summer break lose their super reading powers — much like 1960s-era Thor when he let go of his hammer for more than a minute, or Captain Marvel Junior when he said his own name.

Last year, around 138,000 kids enrolled in the summer reading program, and the library system’s mighty leader said she hopes even more young Brooklynites make local libraries their not-so-secret headquarters this summer.

“With school out of session, we encourage Brooklyn students and families to visit their local libraries and enjoy the many pleasures and benefits of summertime reading,” said Library president and chief executive officer Linda E. Johnson.

Reach reporter Noah Hurowitz at nhurowitz@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–4505. Follow him on Twitter @noahhurowitz
Updated 1:30 am, June 8, 2015
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