March is National Reading Month: ELPL Offers Special Events and Programs for Young Readers

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Friday, March 4, 2016, 7:00 am
Coleen Moyerbrailean

March is National Reading Month, which East Lansing Public Library (ELPL) Youth Librarian, Eva Weihl, describes as “an initiative that encourages educators, parents, and communities to highlight the importance of reading and literacy in order to help to grow strong, passionate readers.”

Weihl notes that different communities and organizations celebrate the month differently, and that it provides “a great opportunity to highlight literacy through some fun new programs and offerings.”

ELPL, in conjunction with the Early Childhood Literacy Coalition, is celebrating National Reading Month with two special events. The first takes place on March 13 at the Hannah Community Center. The event, according to the ELPL, “will be an interactive stage show featuring The Storytellers, which will include hands-on fun with musical instruments from many cultures, beautiful music and interactive storytelling.”

The event will also feature “a variety of children’s activities, games, a scavenger hunt and an opportunity for children to meet [some of] their favorite storybook characters” like Pout-Pout Fish, Paddington Bear, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Curious George and Little Critter.

The second event, taking place on March 18, is the Curious George StoryTime at All Saints Episcopal Church. StoryTimes are intended for children age two through five, and will be held at All Saints because of the renovation taking place in the Library. Curious George will be attending the event.

Weihl also describes a new reading program for children called “Read with Matilda.” For this program, ELPL is partnering with Schuler Books, WLNS and The Wharton Center to encourage children to read at least 30 minutes a day during March and early April.

Weihl explains that participating children will keep track of their daily reading time on a “Reading Roadmap” which they return to the library upon completion of the program. Children who’ve turned in their maps will be “entered into a drawing for two tickets to see ‘Matilda’ at the Wharton Center on April 19.” The program runs through April 10.

All events and programs are free and open to the public.

The Storytellers event on Sunday, March 13 is from 1-3:30 p.m. at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road.

The Friday, March 18 StoryTime event at All Saints Episcopal Church, 800 Abbot Road, begins at 10:30 a.m. © 2013-2020 East Lansing Info