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Publication Date: Friday, November 09, 2001

Reading for life Reading for life (November 09, 2001)

Mountain View Public Library to host its ninth annual Reading Day

By Amy Goodpaster Strebe

In celebration of National Children's Reading Week, the Mountain View Public Library will hold its ninth annual Reading Day Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

The first floor of the library will come to life as event mascot "Readeroo" and community members will read books aloud to children, and a variety of entertainment and activities will take place throughout the day.

"It's a lot of fun and the kids get really excited about the stories," said Supervising Librarian Karin Bricker. "It makes the library an exciting place to come to."

Community room events will include a presentation of "Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears" by The Puppet Company from 10:15-11 a.m., and a visiting "professor" from Hogwart's Academy who will be performing with a Harry Potter magic show from 1:15-2 p.m.

The magic show is recommended for ages 4 and up. In addition, Dizzy the Clown will be back to entertain and create balloon animals and hats for the children from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. A craft station with a variety of book-related activities for youth to create and take home will be located in the Children's Services area of the library.

While firefighters from the Mountain View Fire Department read to children out in front of the library, community leaders including Council member Rosemary Stasek, community activist Rosiland Bivings, Police Officer Bill Crawford, and Hugh Riddell, Mountain View High School's dean of students, will be reading stories to children throughout the first floor of the library.

"Reading is very important and it's been proven that kids who read do better in school and in life," said Bivings, who has volunteered at Reading Day for several years.

"I'm a reader and I was encouraged to read by my family," she said. Bivings said she has worked to recruit new readers this year for the event. "It's a pretty cool thing," she said.

Bricker said there will also be stories read aloud in Spanish from 10:45-11:45. "We have a new program here at the library on the first Saturday of the month from 11:15-11:45 a.m. that also features a craft activity afterwards," she said.

The library has partnered with Castro Language Academy in presenting the Spanish language program to the public. Bricker said the first two book readings in Spanish have been very successful, with approximately 30 children and family members participating each day.

In addition to the variety of activities that will be going on during the day, Books Are Fun Ltd. will sell new books and gifts at discounts of 50 to 75 percent in the first floor browsing area octagon from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tony and Alba's will also be selling pizza and soft drinks in the Bookmobile Garage at the back of the library from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. All sales will benefit the Mountain View Library Foundation.

"The event is a celebration of reading that is all about modeling," said Bricker, who has been involved in every past Reading Day at the library. "It's about showing kids that adults love reading too," she said.

The Mountain View Public Library is located at 585 Franklin St. Free parking will be available at the library, under City Hall, and at the Mountain Bay Plaza lot located at the corner of Mercy and Bryant on the day of the event. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 526-7042.


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