Activities kick off children's summer reading club program
Cho Yun-hee makes a flower out of balloons during the party kicking off the USAG Casey summer reading club program June 24 at the Gateway Club.

CASEY GARRISON, South Korea - School is out and the children are restless. So as a summertime service to families, the U.S. Army Garrison Casey library kicked off a summer reading club with a party June 24 at the Gateway Club.

The "Voyage to Book Island" spotlights the fun in books with the voices of animated readers.

USAG Casey librarians came out to read "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" and "Dirty Joe, the Pirate," but reading wasn't the only thing happening at this party.

Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation brought in entertainment to create a fun-filled party atmosphere. Children watched in awe as a clown shaped a balloon into a flower.

Later, families applauded Korean kindergartners from nearby Bosan Elementary School in Dongducheon, who treated their American neighbors to a sameulnori performance as they enthusiastically beat their child-size traditional Korean drums and gongs.

"It was awesome," said Diana Brandlein, a Camp Adventure summer hire at Casey Garrison.

"We had a great time. All of the camp children and I got free T-shirts, goodie bags and the food rocked!"

The summer-long reading club is open to anyone from the community and will continue at 11 a.m. every Thursday through July 29 in the Gateway Club.

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