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Cobb Kids to Earn Rewards for Summer Reading

The Cobb County library system is holding its seventh annual Atlanta Hawks “Check It Out Reading Challenge" from now until Aug. 19.

The , West Cobb Regional Library and the county’s other 15 libraries are giving away a free ticket to a regular season 2011-2012 Atlanta Hawks home game for every student who reads at least five books this summer.

This is the county library system’s seventh annual Atlanta Hawks “Check It Out Reading Challenge.” Students of all ages from grades K-12 can register for the challenge from now through Aug. 19.

After the students read the selected books, they can register online for the program. After Sept. 1, e-mails with reward details will be sent out, so that parents can redeem tickets.

For more information on the Reading Challenge and its regulations, log on to www.checkitoutreading.com or visit your local Cobb library branch. To learn more about other Atlanta Hawks educational programs, visit www.hawks.com.

Children participating in the summer reading program can also win free tickets to “The Wiggles Big Birthday Party” at the  on July 12. All entries must be received by July 6.

To enter, children should read a book, then complete a book report form and turn it in at any Cobb library. The forms are available to download at www.cobbcat.org/wiggles.

Winners will be notified via phone or e-mail. All prizes must be picked up by noon on July 12. Only one entry is allowed per child.

“The library is very pleased to partner with the Cobb Energy Centre to provide these tickets,” said Jonathan McKeown, associate director for the Cobb County Public Library System. “Anytime we can help kids get excited about reading, it’s a good thing.”

The Wiggles are a globally-recognized performing group for children who formed in 1991 and have since become one of the country’s most popular preschool television programs. They are currently on a tour of 31 cities in the United States and Canada to celebrate the group’s 20th birthday.

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