Posted Wednesday, July 6th, 2016


The Morris County Library, on Tuesday afternoon, July 12, will present its first-ever R.E.A.D. safety program – or Responders Encourage Awareness of Danger program – for kids.


The FREE program, to run from 3-4:30 p.m., will give county youngsters a hands-on experience when it comes to safety, with fire, emergency and rescue vehicles at the site to be explored.

Some county first responders will read to the children, using appropriate books on safety to try and reinforce messages they receive at home from their parents and guardians.

In addition, Safe Cards will be created for each participating child, including fingerprinting of each child, with the cards to be given to parents for use in case of future emergency situations.

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“It’s important to reinforce safety and security messages to our youngest residents, to make sure they are aware of dangers around them, to learn how to deal with emergencies, and to be comfortable around police, fire, EMS, and rescue personnel, ’’ said Morris County Emergency Management Director Jeff Paul, who will participate in the event.

“It’s amazing how smart our kids can be if given the right tools to deal with difficult situations,’’ he added.

There will be light snacks, juice and water for participants, who also will get badges and other giveaway items. The event is for families and kids of all ages.

Safe Child CardCall the library to register for the program at 973.285.6980. The county library is located at 30 East Hanover Avenue in the Whippany section of Hanover Township, directly across from the Frelinghuysen Arboretum.

The Morris County Library has a wide variety of summer programs, including reading, movies, music and crafts and games for kids!

For more information on the summer offerings, visit: