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World’s Largest Laundromat in Berwyn spearheads reading, writing summer programs

BERWYN – The World's Largest Laundromat is encouraging children to read and write this summer through programs in partnership with the Berwyn and Cicero libraries.

As part of the Read-to-Ride Program, children between the ages of 6 and 15 can turn in a raffle ticket for every book they read this summer. Twenty winners will be chosen from the raffle to receive a new bicycle and helmet courtesy of Dan’s Bike Shop in Berwyn, according to a news release from the Berwyn Development Corp.

The program began June 5, and all raffle tickets must be entered by Aug. 18. The raffle will take place at a party Aug. 19 at the laundromat.

The program started in 2000 and saw more than 8,000 books read by participants in 2016, the release stated.

The Write-to-Ride Program is returning for its third year.

The program is a short story writing contest for junior high and high school students who must be going into those grades in the coming fall to qualify. The contestants must write an original piece of fiction of no more than 2,000 words, according to the release. The limit is one entry per contestant.

The first prize is a new bicycle, and second and third prizes are gift cards to a bookstore. All entries need to be submitted by Aug. 18. Winners will be announced Aug. 19 during the party.

For information, including further instructions on how to participate, visit the World’s Largest Laundromat or the Berwyn or Cicero libraries.

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