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Events Mark Literacy Month in Massachusetts

MALDEN -In honor of the Commonwealth’s 15th Annual Family Literacy Month, a variety of activities have been planned across the state through out November.

A variety of Family Literacy Month activities support and celebrate literacy, lifelong learning and family well-being.

The celebration underscores the importance of reading and the essential role that parents and families play in the educational success of their children.

“An early love of reading is key to a child’s development,” said Governor Deval Patrick. “We use this celebration each year to recognize the important contributions that families make all year round in helping children develop strong literacy skills.”

Some of the Family Literacy Month events taking place in Massachusetts include:

  • November 10 – The Lawrence Adult Learning Center will hold a family literacy fun day from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. This event will include games, activities, special guests reading to children, music, face painting, a free raffle and refreshments. Every child will get a book and parents will learn about community resources.

  • November 12 – The Holyoke Children’s Museum will host “Reading is Power”, a free family day of fun and learning from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Adult literacy and early childhood providers, local businesses and other community-based organizations in the greater Holyoke area are partnering to conduct this event that will include free books, hands-on activities for families, carousel rides, take home resources and literacy prizes.

  • November 16 and 17 – Medford will conduct Story Time for children ages 2 to 5 at the Medford Public Library at 10:00 a.m. Families will listen to stories and do simple crafts. On November 17th, parents and children from birth to three will engage in an interactive songfest.

  • November 29 – Haverhill Public Library will conduct a “Mother Goose Meets Mother Nature” event for families with children ages 3-5 at 10:00 a.m. Families will explore environmental science through children’s literature and activities.

For more information on family literacy and ways to promote family literacy, learning and involvement, visit the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s website at http://www.doe.mass.edu/familylit/month/.

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