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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White (D) is urging families in Illinois to spend time together reading Thursday, Nov. 15, to celebrate the Secretary of State’s annual Family Reading Night.
“This special event is a night when parents and children are urged to turn off televisions, computers, video games and other forms of entertainment and spend time reading together,” White said. “Reading together creates a positive learning environment and helps children develop a love for reading that can last a lifetime.”
The theme of this year’s event is “One World, Many Stories.” Thousands of colorful posters and bookmarks have been distributed to the libraries, schools, literacy programs and other organizations by the Illinois State Library and Illinois Center for the Book. This is the 21st year in which the Secretary of State’s office has sponsored Family Reading Night, intended for pre-kindergarten to sixth-grade children and their families.
At Highland Community College in Freeport, Ill., a celebration is planned for families taking part in the school’s literacy programs. There will be a visit to the Freeport Public Library for story time, and each child will receive an age-appropriate book to take home.
Learn more about Family Reading Night at http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/public/frn.html.
Posted Nov. 14, 2012