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Well, summer is back and that means it's time again for free summer movies at the theaters. While very few places still do free movies, several of them do offer inexpensive movie options for the summer months. But with inflation didn't we see that coming? Seriously though, why is it so expensive for groceries and gas?!


Here is my list of what I've found so far this year. I know I haven't been blogging anymore, but I've had several people asking lately (I mean you Erin H. and Becky D.) that I decided to post it for everyone. If you know of any others please let me know and we can add it to the list.

Danberry Cinemas
Free Family Film Series 2014
Cost: Free

June 9 & 11: The Croods
June 16 & 18: Epic
June 23 & 25: Ice Age 2
June 30 & July 2: Turbo
July 7 & 9: Home Alone
July 14 & 16:Fantastic Mr. Fox
July 21 & 23: Horton Hears a Who?
July 28 & 30: Walking with Dinosaurs
Aug 4 & 6: Rio

These movies are at the Chillicothe, Huber Heights, Middletown and South Dayton locations.
Don't forget that they offer free refills on large popcorn and soda.

Cinemark: The Greene

(NOTE: While the Dayton Mall, the Greene and various other theaters are Cinemarks' their schedule is different. I am only including these two theaters, but am including the main link ( just in case there is another Cinemark Theater near you and you are interested in their schedule also.)

Summer Movie Clubhouse
Cost: $5 for 10 movies (when purchased in advance) or $1 per show

June 5: Night at the Museum
June 12: Ice Age: The Meltdown
June 19: Epic
June 26: The Croods
July 3: Turbo (my boys love this movie)
July 10: Smurfs 2
July 17: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
July 24: Walking with Dinosaurs
July 31: The Lego Movie
August 7: Rio 2

If you are going to be buying snacks be sure to check out the direct link because there is a coupon for a $1 off a movie snack pack. I'm pretty sure that they also offer free refills on large popcorn and soda too.

Cinemark: Dayton Mall
Summer Movie Clubhouse
Cost: $5 for 10 movies (when purchased in advance) or $1 per show

June 10: Ice Age: The Meltdown
June 17: Epic
June 24: The Croods
July 1: Turbo
July 8: Smurf 2
July 15: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
July 22: Walking with Dinosaurs
July 29: The Lego Movie
August 5: Rio 2
August 12: Mr Peabody and Sherman

If you are going to be buying snacks be sure to check out the direct link because there is a coupon for a $1 off a movie snack pack. I'm pretty sure that they also offer free refills on large popcorn and soda too.

Victoria Theater
Cool Film Series
Cost: $35 for 10 passes you can use in any combination across all 16 movies–including the return of Reel Late at the Vic and Family Films. Individual film tickets are $3 for the new Family Films and just $6 for all other films.

While all of these aren't exclusively family films, I'm sure that these would be a fun date night option or fun for older kids/teens.

REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE: Friday, July 4 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, July 5 at 7 p.m.; Sunday, July 6 at 3 p.m.
MUPPET TREASURE ISLAND: Thursday, July 10 at 10 a.m.
PILLOW TALK: Friday, July 11 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, July 12 at 7 p.m.; Sunday, July 13 at 3 p.m.
WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY: Thursday, July 17 at 10 a.m.
M*A*S*H*: Friday, July 18 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, July 19 at 7 p.m.; Sunday, July 20 at 3 p.m.
THE TOXIC AVENGER: Saturday, July 19 at 10:30 p.m.
THE APPLE DUMPLING GANG RIDES AGAIN: Thursday, July 24 at 10 a.m.
THE GOONIES: Friday, July 25 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, July 26 at 7 p.m.; Sunday, July 27 at 3 p.m.
BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS: Thursday, July 31 at 10 a.m.
IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT: Friday, August 1 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, August 2 at 7 p.m.; Sunday, August 3 at 3 p.m.
STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN: Friday, August 8 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, August 9 at 7 p.m.; Sunday, August 10 at 3 p.m.
THE BIG LEBOWSKI: Saturday, August 9 at 10:30 p.m.
DR. STRANGELOVE OR:  HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB: Friday, August 15 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, August 16 at 7 p.m.; Sunday, August 17 at 3 p.m.
GROUNDHOG DAY: Friday, August 22 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, August 23 at 7 p.m.; Sunday, August 24 at 3 p.m.
PSYCHO: Saturday, August 23 at 10:30 p.m.
SILK STOCKINGS: Friday, August 29 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, August 30 at 7 p.m.; Sunday, August 31 at 3 p.m.

FREE POPCORN & SODA in the lobby prior to regular Cool Films showings and Reel Late at the Vic showings, starting one hour prior to showtime.

FREE THEATRE ORGAN CONCERT 30 minutes prior to showtime for all regular Cool Films showings.

FREE CARTOON prior to all regular Cool Films showings. This season featuring “Superman” and “Popeye” on DVD.

Don't forget you can always visit your local library to get free movie rentals too!

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Categories: Kids, Free, Movies, Summer,

Good GradesWell, it’s soon going to be REPORT CARD time! I always LOVED getting good grades because I loved to see what free things I could get with my A’s! Funny how even as a kid I was always looking for deals! Here are a few places that I’ve found around the Dayton area that offer rewards for kids with good grades. (Note: some businesses only accept report cards for Kindergarten thru 6th grade)

Bagel Cafe (Kettering): FREE bagel- up to four bagels for each A (Thanks Julie!)

Cheryl and Co: FREE Cookies for every A (up to 3 cookies)

Chuck E Cheese: FREE tokens up to 15 tokens A’s- 3 tokens, B’s- 2 tokens, C’s- 1 token (food purchase required)

Cold Stone Creamery: One FREE Kids Size with one Mix In A’s (some locations require straight A’s- Call your location first)

Family Video: FREE movie rental at the end of the school year for A’s

Krispy Kreme: FREE donut for every A (up to 6 donuts at Retail Stores only)

Rita’s Ice: One FREE regular Italian Ice (limit ONE, valid only 30 days after the end of grading period

If you know of any other good grade deals please let us know and we will add them to our list.

Since we are not in constant contact with every location be sure to check beforehand that they are still participating.

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1. Participate in a Summer Reading Program at local libraries, Barnes and Noble, Half Price Bookstore or Books and Co (you need to go to Books and Co for their info and forms).

2. Head to your local bowling alley and play a few free games, be sure to register at for your passes.

3. Watch a free summer movie at Rave Cinemas and Danberry South has $1 movies Mon-Fri before noon.

4. Get your Kids Summer Fest fun on at The Greene on July 28.

5. Build something fun at Lowes Build and Grow Workshops or Home Depot Kids Workshops each month just make sure your register in advance for Lowes workshops as spots are limited.

6. Take a walk on the crafty side and make something fun at Michaels in store events (most are free!)

7. Cool off indoors at the Air Force Museum and participate in monthly Family Days events.

8. Visit one of Kettering's newly redesigned parks.

9. Enjoy the outdoors at one of the many local festivals and fairs this summer.

10. Don your summer swimwear and splash around outside at one of the many local splash pads.

11. Become a Junior Ranger and earn a badge for your efforts.

12. Have fun at a free festival at the Fraze Pavilion.

13. Search the wealth of knowledge on Pinterest for ideas for games, crafts and fun activities to do with kids.

14. Particpate in a free Story On-Line Story Time at Barnes and Noble.

15. Discover something new at a local farmers market be sure to check for help discovering new ones.

16. Embrace the arts at the Dayton Art Institute and kids can participate in their Kids Club while there.

17. Try a new restaurant and be sure to check out our list of Kids Eat Free places.

18. Get something free with those final grades from school.

19. Find a VBS to attend at your local church.


I hope this helps keep you and your families busy this summer. Do you know of any others? Please feel free to share them with us!

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Categories: Crafts, Kids, Free, Movies, Summer,

1 Jun

Most of these splash parks are open from Memorial Day until Labor Day and close at dusk. If you know of a pool or splash park in the Miami Valley that's open to the public but has not been included, please share feel free to share it with is. We'd love to hear your personal opinion on any of the local pools and splash parks listed below.


Activity Center Park- Splash Park

221 N. Main St. (Centerville)
Cost: Free
Info: The park includes an all-access playground area with wide ramps, large swings, belt swings, infant swings, and benches that sway. Children of all abilities can play side by side on the play equipment. The sprayground is a zero depth splash pad with fun features that spray or dump water. The shelter has restrooms and picnic tables and can be reserved for groups of thirty or fewer for a fee.


Adventure Reef- Waterpark

2900 Glengarry Dr (Kettering)
Cost: Admission charged
Info: Interactive splash pad, leisure pool with large water playground, the highest and fastest slides in Montgomery County, two water slides with their own splash pool, a waterfall pool, a sun-bathing area, a bathhouse with lockers, showers and restrooms, and a concession stand and patio


The Greene- Splash Fountain

51 Plum St (Beavercreek)
Cost: Free
Info: Interactive fountain with various spray patterns


Island MetroPark- Splash Fountain

101 E. Helena Street (Dayton)
Cost: Free
Info: A visit with children to Island MetroPark is not complete unless you stop and enjoy the water play feature, open daily 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Check out the newly installed surface under the fountains at Island MetroPark that is made from 100% recycled Ohio tires -- good for the Earth and good for active kids!


Kennedy Park- Splash Park

5073 Bigger Road (Kettering)
Cost: Free
Info: Newly redesigned park features a Farm Themed playground and splash park. Picnic table seating is very limited.


Mallory Park- Splash Park

Germantown at Burwood (Dayton)
Cost: Free
Info: Features a Splash Pad


McIntosh Park- Splash Park

Riverview at Edwin C. Moses Boulevard (Dayton)
Cost: Free
Info: Features a flower themed splash pad


Orchardly Park-Splash Park

Wonderly Ave and Delanie Ave
Cost: Free
Info: Located in the southeast section of the city, Orchardly Park includes a playground for small children, a spray pool, a full basketball court, two tennis courts, and a small ball diamond. The shelter house is reservable for groups; restrooms are available on site. Orchardly Park is located in the block between Wonderly Avenue and Orchard Drive on Delaine Avenue.


RiverScape MetroPark- Splash Fountains

111 E. Monument Ave (Dayton)
Cost: Free
Info: Features an interactive splash fountain


Stuart Patterson Park- Splash Park

238 Baltimore St. (Dayton)
Cost: Free
Info: Features a splash pad


Thomas A. Cloud Park- Splash Park

Brandt Pike & Harshman Road (Dayton)
Cost: Free
Info: Features a splash pad


Walnut Hills- Splash Park

2300 Block of Wayne Ave (Dayton)
Cost: Free
Info: Features a splash pad


Washington Park- Splash Park

East Second Street at Garland Avenue (Dayton)
Cost: Free
Info: Features a splash pad


Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark- Splash Park

1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave (Dayton)
Cost: Free
Info: The Children’s Discovery Garden is a child-friendly place to discover, experience and love our world through gardening. Divided into three main areas, the garden offers opportunities to play among interesting and whimsical plant displays, learn about Ohio habitats, and grow vegetables and other backyard plants.

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Categories: Play Area, Summer,

SunflowerWell, summer is quickly coming to an end for many of us. Did you get everything off your summer fun list checked off? If not here are a few ideas of a few things to do before it's time for Back-To-School

- There are a few Michaels Crafts: FREE Passport to Fun events still happening (check the calendar for dates and events)

- August 2,3 are the last days for Rave Theater: Free Family Film Festival (this is only at The Greene now)

- Have a water fight or play in the sprinkler

- Don't forget to turn in your Summer Reading Clubs time sheets and collect your prizes!

- Have a cookout and invite your friends. We really want to do a hot dog bar style cookout!

- Visit a few of the great Local Farmer’s Market

- Make sure you got your Good Grades= Good Deals for those report cards

- Join them at Dorothy Lane Market for Storytime and Tasting

- Start making Back To School freezer meals (Once A Month Mom has some great suggestions)

- On those days where it's sweltering outside there is still Kids Bowl Free All Summer available

- Go to a Dayton Dragons: McDonald’s Friends and Family Night

- Visit the park (several Kettering Parks recently were redone, and there will be more in the future) 

- Attend those last few Vacation Bible School before they are done


Thanks to Family Fun Mom for her inspiration!

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Categories: Crafts, Kids, Free, Movies, Summer,

Ultimate Mom's Night OutThis Thursday for Things I Love Thursday the thing I LOVE is Ultimate Mom's Night Out. Last Thursday, my fabulous co-host Kate and I got to spend a few hours with several local ladies for an evening of relaxing, fun, laughter and pampering. We think that mom's deserve a night out just having fun and we all enjoyed several hours at Villas at the Pointe Clubhouse doing just that. The evening started off with registration and all the lovely mama's that brought their nursing babies even got a Teething Bling bangle to model for the evening. There was all sorts of yummy food to munch including tasty The Submarine House sandwiches, delicious chocolate fondue strawberries and krispy treats from The Melting Pot and some cute Lulee's Lollies cakepops. 

The Melting PotBut there was so much more than just food that night- we had giveaways GALORE!! Everyone received 20 tickets and could choose what giveaways they wanted to try to win. There was everything from Boogie Wipes to Underdoodles and COSI to Jenna Claire in our giveaways so that there was something for everyone to enter. I know that over half of all the moms there that night won a prize from one of our sponsors.

UMNOThere was also a fun photo booth with pictures taken by Photography by Amy McSwegin, chair massages from At Peace Massage and Wellness, manicures by Beaute Box and Satin Hands treatments by Andrea from Mary Kay. Last but not least, everyone got to take home a swag bag literally stuffed full of swag!! Thanks to all our great giveaway, food and swag sponsors. We are so thankful to have such generous sponsors at Ultimate Mom's Night Out our evening could not have happened without them.

Primary Sponsors:

Dayton Mall
Life Stages

Seconday Sponsors:

Veggie Tales
Paper Coterie

Food Sponsors:

Submarine House

Product Sponsors:

At Peace Massage and Wellness
Beaute Box

Boogie Wipes

Cake, Hope and Love
CJ's Craft Corner



Five Rivers Metropark

Jenna Claire
Lia Sophia
Lulee's Lollies
Mabel's Labels
Mary Kay
Meeno Babies
Pink, Pearls and Pigtails
Stitched In Love
Teething Bling
Thirty One Gifts

It was so great meeting so many of our readers. We always love to meet you all! It was so exciting that we had 60 tickets for sale and sold out in only 6 minutes with a waiting list of almost 80 people! We can hardly wait until our next one. Please be sure to follow Ultimate Mom's Night Out on Facebook to be kept up to date on all the fun! Plus you can check out all the photo booth fun and lots of other great pictures from Ultimate Mom's Night Out. And while you are there please be sure to follow Deals For Dayton and my fabulous co-host Savvy Little Women.

I'm linking up over at The Diaper Diaries for Things I love Thursday.

Photo credit: 3 Men and a Lady, Once a Month Mom, Photography by Amy McSwegin

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Ultimate Mom's Night Out

Together with Lifestages and Dayton Mall, Kate from Savvy Little Women and I have put together some fantastic sponsors for a great night of encouragement, relaxing, pampering, tasty food, great conversation, and fabulous company!

So, reserve your spot now by "purchasing" a free ticket.

There is a TON of swag for everyone and TONS of prizes to giveaway. The Clubhouse at The Villas at the Pointe is just beautiful and a perfect place for an evening out to mix and mingle with your favorite ladies.

We hope that you are able to join us! This invitation is now OPEN to the general public. Come one and all until it is sold out!

We can't wait to see you and meet some of our amazing readers on July 14th!

Primary Sponsors:

Dayton Mall
Life Stages

Seconday Sponsors:

Veggie Tales
Paper Coterie

Food Sponsors:

Submarine House

Product Sponsors:

Beaute Box
Boogie Wipes

Books & Co

Cake, Hope and Love
CJ's Craft Corner



Five Rivers Metropark

Jenna Claire
Lia Sophia
Lulee's Lollies
Mabel's Labels
Mary Kay
Meeno Babies
Pink, Pearls and Pigtails
Princess Tea Room
Stitched In Love
Teething Bling
Thirty One Gifts

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Categories: Food, Giveaway, Free, Summer,

Kettering Rec CenterCLOSED: This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to our winners.

Well, tomorrow the first day of summer is officially here and this summer is turning out to be a pretty hot one already! If you are looking for a way to cool off be sure to check out the Kettering Recreation Complex's new and improved water park: Adventure Reef. This 3-acre outdoor aquatic facility was built in 1990 but has undergone a serious facelift this past year. You can find more information about all the changes on their site. They also have several pictures of all the other renovations that are happening around the complex on their Facebook page.

Adventure Reef sits where Water Raves the old water-park was, but they have added an interactive splash pad, a waterfall pool, a water playground, a shaded shelter and two giant slides with their own splash pool. Now since Kings Island a little bit of a drive (and pricy), Splash Moraine closed and all the local free sprayground parks only are able to fit a few dozen kids, the Kettering Rec Center's Adventure Reef with its 1,400 capacity is sure to draw big crowds this summer. Plus with admission for Kettering residents, at only $3 for youths (3-17 years) and $3.50 for adults or for non-residents, $6 for youth and $7 for adults, it seems like a very reasonable option. Besides I love that kids under 3 are FREE!!

Since I haven't been to Adventure Reef yet (but I'm hoping to get there soon) I decided to go to my panel of experts A.K.A. my readers, and asked several of you what you thought of it. So straight from the mouths of local moms here's what you all had to say:

Erin H- It's a TON of fun... They have a gated toddler area for 4yrs and under that OLDER children are not even allowed in. For mommies with little ones, this is great! They have a splash park, slides, and a water park type area for older kids (3/4+). If you are a pass holder you can get in at 11:30, set up your spot, and get in the pool a good 15min before others.
It gets super busy around 1:30/2ish, but early evening until close it seems the crowd seems to thin out. During break times you can stay in the water with your kids if they are 3 and under. The only down side is that they don't open until 12 (to non members) and close at 8pm.
Tami R- Yes, it is great!! I love the new gated toddler area and the new spray water section stays on even during break time as well! My 2 1/2 year old loved the smaller slides although it was a little crowded she jumped right in!
Jenny R- The gated toddler area is great...if all of your children are under 6. If not, then it's not much help.
Tricia C- Love the toddler area that is fenced in, and I'm so happy that the gross sand is gone. Plus the new regulations about Sunday being for residents and pass-holders is great!
Heather B- I love it! My kids have the best time there!
Wendi C- We really love it, however I do think it will be a bit less crowded/crazy when the big pool opens up in a week or so. I think that will help to free up some space in the other areas of the park.
Tess A- We've been and we absolutely love it. There's something for kids of all ages. Buying a family pass is definitely the way to go. We look forward to spending many hours there this summer.
Lizzie A- I am wondering if the new one is good for little kids??? I loved how the old one had the little pool and slide for little ones and shallow play areas in the main little one is 3 and hates water on his head so he won't be going near the big bucket if he sees it spill!!!

So, to kick off the first officially day of summer we have a giveaway! We are giving away 13 sets of passes for our readers. That means 13 families will win 2 free tickets each! How fun is that?! If you have a pass already, maybe you can win it for a friend and they can go with you to Adventure Reef.

Main entry: Tell us how you plan on enjoying this summer. (Be sure to leave your comment on this post so that it gets counted)

Want more chances to win? Well, here are some more ways you can enter, just be sure to leave a additional/ new comment for each additional entry requirement that you fulfill.

- Follow Deals For Dayton on Facebook, if you already do just leave that in a comment.

- Subscribe to our weekly email newsletter, if you already do just leave that in a comment.

- Follow the Kettering Recreation Complex on Facebook, if you already do just leave that in a new comment. Please feel free to let them know that Deals For Dayton sent you!

This contest ends Friday, July 1, at midnight EST. We will use to pick our winner.

Disclosure: The Kettering Recreation Complex provided me with a set of passes. But this post and opinions are my own and not paid for or influenced by the item provided.

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Categories: Giveaway, Kids, Review, Summer,

Farmer MarketThe great thing about summer is that it brings the fun of outdoor Farmers Markets to the Dayton area. You can find locally grown produce, organic meat, bakery items and much more! They always have a great selection of food and other items. It's a great way to help support local farmers and businesses in the Dayton area. Plus if you ask any farmer's market die-hard shopper they will quickly tell you that what you can buy there is unlike anything you can ever hope to find at a grocery store. So now thanks to some of our amazing readers we have a list of several local farmer's markets. If you know of any others please feel free to leave us a comment and we will add it to the list.

2nd Street Market
Location: 600 E 2nd Street, Dayton
: Thursday & Friday 11am-3pm
Saturday 8am-3pm
Closed on Christmas and New Years

Centerville Farmer's Market
Location: 892 S. Main Street, Centerville
North of the intersection of State Route 48 & Spring Valley Road
Dates: May 26- Oct 27
Hours: Thursday 2:30-6:30pm

Greene County Farmers Market

Location: North Allison Avenue in Xenia, next to Aldi’s
Dates: Tuesday during the summer
Hours: Tuesday 9am-1:30pm

Location: Five Points Shopping Center parking lot
2239 Tarbox Cemetery Road
Dates: Thursday during the summer
Hours: Thursday 2-6pm

Location: Beavercreek Kmart shopping center on Dorothy Lane
Dates: Saturday during the summer
: Saturday 8am-12:30pm

Sugarcreek Township Farmer's Market

: 4333 Feedwire Road, Kettering
: May 20 - October 28
: Friday 3-7pm

Tippecanoe Farmer's Market
Location: 3rd and Main Street, Tipp City
Dates: June 11- Sept 17
Hours: Saturday 9am-12pm

Wegerzyn Market at Moose Lodge

Location: 2110 E. Central Ave, Miamisburg
Dates: July 5 - Oct. 25
Hours: Wednesday 1-6pm

Shiloh Church

Location: 5300 N Main St, Dayton
Dates: May 7- Oct 15
Hours: Saturday 7am-12pm

Thanks Lizzie, Brandi, Melissa, Veronica, Amber, Rebecca and Cindy!!

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Categories: Fall, Food, Stores, Summer,

25 May

Summer Reading ClubsNeed some help encouraging your kids to read? Or maybe you have a few bookworms in your house like me and would love to "reward" their love of reading. Seriously have you ever seen a cuter bookworm?! Well, now that summer is here there are several summer reading clubs/programs going on in the area. Here are a few of the ones that I know about that are currently going on. Be sure to sign up early so that your kids can take full advantage of the programs. Libraries want to encourage EVERYONE to read and have programs for teens and adults also.

Barnes and Noble
Dates: May 24- Sept 6
Summer Reading Club

Books & Co
Date: While supplies last
Junie B. Jones Backpack Summer Reading Club

Chuck E. Cheese
Dates: Year Round
Reading Rewards (Food purchase required)

Dayton Metro Libraries
Dates: June 1- Aug 1
Summer Reading Programs
Sign up at your local branch

Greene County Libraries
Dates: June 1- Aug 1
Kids Program- ages up to 12
Teens Program- ages 12-18
Adult Program
Sign up at your local branch

Half Price Bookstore
Dates: June 1- July 31
Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Club

Washington Centerville Libraries
Dates: June 6- Aug 1
Baby/Toddler Program- 0-24 months
Children's Program- Preschool- 5th Grade
Teen Program- 6-12 Grade
Adult Program- 18 yrs and up
Summer Reading Club
Sign up at your local branch

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Categories: Library, Kids, Free, Summer,

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