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Cat in the Hat Raising Readers Theater Performance at Herrin City Library
This Wednesday

Media Advisory
For Wednesday, November 17, 2010 • 5:30pm

Contact: Beth Spezia, Educational Outreach Coordinator, WSIU, (618) 453-5595, beth.spezia@wsiu.org
Irena Just, Children's Librarian, Herrin City Library, (618) 942-6109, biloxime2000@yahoo.com
Lori Longueville, Child Care Resource & Referral, John A. Logan College, lorilongueville@jalc.edu, (618) 985-5980, ext. 241

Carbondale, Ill. - Reporters, camera crews, and photographers are invited to cover a PBS KIDS Cat in the Hat Readers Theater Performance on Wednesday, November 17 beginning at 5:30pm at Herrin City Library, 120 North 13th Street in Herrin, Illinois. This family event celebrating the joy of reading is co-sponsored by Child Care Resource and Referral at John A. Logan College and WSIU Public Broadcasting.

Headlining the evening's activities is a Raising Readers Theater performance featuring The Cat in theHatfrom the beloved Dr. Seuss children's book of the same name. Using props created by WSIU, the Cat in the Hat and children at the library will read and act out the story. Following the performance, WSIU will provide certificates and eBooks to actors. New reading materials will be available for everyone who attends.

Families also will enjoy the library's new PBS KIDS Library Corner, which features PBS KIDS banners, a PBS KIDS rug, and dedicated shelving units, as well as PBS KIDS program-related books, activity guides, and DVDs, and hands-on learning opportunities at the online sites PBS KIDS Island and The Great World Quest.

This special event is being held as part of Family Reading Night, a statewide event sponsored by Jesse White, Secretary of State and State Librarian. Celebrated annually in Illinois during the third week of November, Family Reading Night encourages families to spend quality time reading together. This year's theme is "Fall into Reading.”

A second "Cat in the Hat Raising Readers Theater Performance" will be held on Thursday, November 18 at 6:30pm at Benton Public Library, 502 South Main Street in Benton, Illinois.

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