BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - For children, reading or being read to during the summer months is a great way to keep their language skills sharp while out of school and to prevent the dreaded 'Summer Slide'. The Berkeley Heights YMCA -- part of the Summit Area YMCA family -- will host a Scholastic Book Fair July 24-26 featuring a large assortment of books for children ages preschool through Eighth Grade.

The event is free and open to the public, and will be held from 12 - 4 p.m. daily.

To encourage kids to read:

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- Find books of special interest to them or take them to a library /bookstore and have them choose their own books.

- Provide special incentives for completing a book or even a chapter.

- Designate a special time during the day for family reading time where everyone reads together.

For more information regarding the Book Fair, contact Francesca Garrard at or call 908-464-8373.

The Berkeley Heights YMCA is located at 550 Springfield Avenue.