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Arts center to offer reading camp

Dog Ears Bookstore and The Enlightenment Literary Arts Center in South Buffalo will offer free sessions of their Summer Reading and Writing Camp for children.

The arts center is a nonprofit organization that promotes personal reading habits, as well as group discussions and writing programs in order to boost the benefits of literacy. It’s on the upper floor of the bookstore at 688 Abbott Road.

Participants will gather for the camp in the arts center for a morning activity. After a brown-bag lunch, they’ll regroup for an afternoon writing exercise. At the end of the week, campers will bring home a portfolio containing their work.

Camps will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Session 1, sponsored by South District Councilman Chris Scanlon, will take place on the following days:

• Ages 7-8: Monday to Friday

• Ages 9-11: July 6-10

• Ages 12-13: July 13-17

Session 2, sponsored by Erie County Youth Services, will take place on the following days:

• Ages 7-8: July 20-24

• Ages 9-11: July 27-31

• Ages 12-13: Aug. 3-7

Each session is limited to 20 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, stop by the bookstore, call 823-2665 or visit dogearsbookstore.org. You can also follow Dog Ears on Facebook for frequent updates.