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Thigpen Library Hosts Read Across America

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By Carolina Cardona

The Thigpen Library will be hosting Read Across America on Mar. 1-5 and the event needs volunteers.

According to the Vol State website, “The National Education Association (NEA) launched Read Across America to encourage children to read more and also get them excited about reading. Literacy has been a long standing issue in Tennessee, by encouraging children to read we can help improve their performance in school – as well as their trajectory in life!”

According to the Library website, “The celebration will consist of virtual story times, which will showcase our volunteers reading books out loud. The recordings will be shared via the library website and College social media platforms.”

The event is also focused on encouraging diversity, specifically diverse books, according to the website.

“We need diverse books because we need books in which children can see reflections of themselves, but also look through and see other worlds,” said author, Rudine Sims Bishop, in a linked video on the website.

“The library will be hosting a story time walk through on Thursday, Mar. 4 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.,” according to the website.

“Students and their families can walk through the library, stopping at each volunteer reader who will read them a book. The event is designed for children 3 years to 8 years of age, but all are welcome,” according to the website.  

To aid in this project the library needs “donations of new or gently used children’s books and volunteer readers for in person or virtual story time,” said Librarian, Teri Terranova.

According to the website, “YOU can make a difference” when you “volunteer to participate in Read Across America Week at Thigpen Library.”

 “We want our volunteer readers to be as diverse as our books! While books can introduce children to our diverse world, there is no substitution for interaction with our community members. Please consider volunteering and sharing your culture, identity, and/or language with others,” said a note from NEA on the website.

For more information on volunteer opportunities, students can go to the Library Website or contact Teri Terranova.

To reserve a space for the event, families can follow this link to claim a spot.

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