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  • Arielle Christopher of Streamwood, reads a book to children at the Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin, to help kickoff National Library Week.

      Arielle Christopher of Streamwood, reads a book to children at the Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin, to help kickoff National Library Week.
    Courtesy of Lee Christopher

 
Submitted by Lee Christopher

Northern Illinois Scholarship Program Social Ambassador Queen 2014 Arielle Christopher, 15, of Streamwood, read a humorous book to children and helped kickoff National Library Week at Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Ave., in Elgin.

National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association by libraries across the country each April, generally the second full week. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries, library staff, volunteers and to promote library use. The celebration this year took place April 13--19, and focused on the theme, "Lives Change @ your Library."

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"I enjoyed reading to the children this year", said Arielle. "I hope this event helped to spark their imaginations."

The library's Early Learning Center invited Arielle to serve as a celebrity reader for their family storytime. An audience of about 20 people, gathered in the library's story room. Children, moms, and dads came to listen as Christopher read aloud the book "Duck on a Bike" by David Shannon.

Other celebrations held during National Library Week included: National Library Workers Day, National Bookmobile Day, and Celebrate Teen Literature Day.

Arielle's platform is to support the needs of children suffering from financial and medical hardships. Northern Illinois Scholarship Program is a volunteer program with a beauty pageant whose purpose is to help others by making a difference through community service. NISP is based in Wauconda. For information, contact Diane Calabrese, NISP director, (847) 778-9961, or visit www.nisprograms.com.

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