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Program Promotes the Joys of Reading for Kids

2015oct-amelia-bedeliaDemocracy House will host a Make a Difference Day Program designed to encourage young kids to read on Saturday, October 24. Children age 4-10 are invited to visit the campus, hear from the author of the popular children’s book series Amelia Bedelia, enjoy refreshments, and have fun. Registration is limited to 100 children; each of them will receive a copy of an Amelia Bedelia book, which can be autographed by the author that day. The program is free.

“We hope this day will inspire children to want to read,” said Arianna Illa, Democracy House’s coordinator.

The program, called “Adventures with Amelia: MCC Reads,” will run from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

 

 

2015oct-amelia-herman-parishHerman Parish, who continued the Amelia books created by his aunt, Peggy Parish, brings the youngster to life with wacky wordplay, anecdotes about his aunt and insights into his writing process. He will talk to kids and parents, plus hold a special workshop just for parents on how to encourage their kids to read.

Pattiann McMahon, faculty advisor to Democracy House, said that MCC professors and student volunteers will read to the children and then conduct an activity related to the reading.

“It’s going to be both educational and fun,” she said. “I think it’s going to be a great day, and I hope we will turn kids on to the joys of reading.”

This Make A Difference Day grant was provided by Gannett Co. Inc./Home News Tribune.

“We are very grateful to Gannett and the Home News for providing the funding for this day,” Ms. Illa said. “Kids from all over the area will benefit from this program.”

Registration is strictly limited to 100 children and their parents, who must register in advance.