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Children’s books are the cause for celebration at the upcoming community Reading Festival.

The festival–originally scheduled for April 18 but postponed due to inclement weather–is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 2, now rain or shine, at the Martin Luther King Community Center, 401 S. Eighth St.

Under the theme, “Mind Travel…Reading is the Ticket,” the free event is open to all school-aged children. Activities include games, storytelling, visits from some famous literary characters, giveaways and prizes. The Community Boys and Girls Club Drum and Bugle Corps and other area groups will provide the music.

Those attending are encouraged to bring a book or two to donate–and a book to swap–as well as a blanket to enjoy a picnic.

The Reading Festival is presented by the City of Wilmington in collaboration with Community Enrichment Initiatives, Inc., with the support of a host of area organizations, including the Community Boys and Girls Club, AMEZ Housing Community Development Corporation, New Hanover County Library, Cape Fear Museum, Lawyers 4 Literacy, DREAMS of Wilmington and Feast Down East.