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      Read and Romp this weekend

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      If your family is looking for something a little less football, and a little more educational this weekend, consider Birmingham's second annual Read and Romp. {}It is a free, one-day children's festival for the entire community. {}On Saturday, September 15, 2012 hundreds of children, ages three to five, and their families can come to Railroad Park to explore many activity stations based on favorite children's books.{}Along with interactive storybook stations, there will be a visit from surprise PBSkids characters. {}Also something of note, the first 500 children get a free bicycle helmet. {}Organizers say Read and Romp is a family event designed to encourage parents to be more active in the promotion of literacy among their children by reading to them and encouraging activities that make reading fun.{}The festivities begin at 9:00 a.m. and continue until noon. {}

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