read2me“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” – Walt Disney

To help parents learn ways to raise a reader and to ensure the community has access to free books, Read2Me will be partnering with the Western Mountain Reading Council and the Macon County Public library this Saturday to host the annual parent training event.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a division of the U.S. Department of Education, children who are read to at home enjoy a substantial advantage over children who are not:

Twenty-six percent of children who were read to three or four times in the last week by a family member recognized all letters of the alphabet. This is compared to 14 percent of children who were read to less frequently.

Despite studies proving the importance of early literacy, only 53 percent of children ages three to five were read to daily by a family member, something Read2Me has been working to change.

Each fall, Read2Me teams up with the Western Mountain Reading Council and the Macon County Public library to host a parent training event that provides parents with resources and information on the importance of early literacy and how to read to your child.

On Saturday, at 10 a.m. at the Macon County Public Library, Read2Me will be hosting “Fire Safety A to Z.” This year’s event is being hosted in conjunction with Otto Fire and Rescue to recognize October as Fire Safety Month. In addition to fun fire safety themed activities and games revolving around reading, Otto Fire and Rescue will have fire trucks on display for the community. Sparky the fire dog also plans to stop by to visit with kids and share his own love of reading.

The event will feature story time, crafts, door prizes and light refreshments. Every child in attendance will also get to pick out a free book to take home. After the fun and games inside the library, families are invited to stop at the fire trucks that will be on display in the parking lot.

The fun starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1 and will continue until 12 p.m.