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Mall to host 'Book Blast' reading event

BUFORD -- Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders and Gwinnett County firefighters will participate in this year's "Book Blast," an educational event presented by the Mall of Georgia and meant to help encourage kids to read.

The annual Simon Kidgits Club Book Blast will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Feb. 23 and will offer "an assortment of fun book-based activities to ultimately help kids reap the many benefits of reading." Books to be read include "Jack and the Beanstalk," "Ladybug Girl," "Little Critter's The New Fire Truck" and "Mommy, I Want to be a Cheerleader."

Representatives from the Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders and the Gwinnett County fire department will read aloud. Other activities include cookie decorating, face painting and crafts.

Children are also invited to bring a new or gently used book for donation to Gwinnett County Family and Child Services. The first 50 Kidgits Club members to donate a book will receive tickets to an advanced screening of "Jack the Giant Slayer."

For more information, visit simon.com/kidgits/.