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PBS KIDS Library Corner Events at Marion, Eldorado Public Libraries

Media Advisory
For Wednesday, June 30, 3:30-4:30pm
For Thursday, July 1, 2-3pm

Contact: Beth Spezia, WSIU Outreach Coordinator, (618) 453-5595,

Carbondale, Ill. – Reporters, photographers, and video crews are invited to cover a WSIU-TV family-oriented event featuring the installation of a PBS KIDS Library Corner on Wednesday, June 30 from 3:30 to 4:30pm at Marion Carnegie Library, 206 S. Market Street in Marion.

Hosted by WSIU-TV, a public media arm of Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC), the event is being held in conjunction with the kickoff of Marion Carnegie Library's summer reading program, "Scare Up a Good Book." Lia Mira of Today's Hit Music CIL-FM will present a live radio remote, so kids will have an opportunity to share the fun on the air.

A second WSIU Library Corner will be held Thursday, July 1 from 2 to 3pm at Eldorado Public Library, 1001 Grant Street in Eldorado. Tracy McSherry-McKown of New Country Z100-FM will present the live radio remote. Beth Spezia of WSIU also will lead a public media resources workshop for parents and educators from 10-11:30am.

Kids will enjoy special appearances by PBS KIDS character SuperWHY!, vocabulary games, reading together, creating books, and hands-on learning at the online sites PBS KIDS Island (ages 3-6) and The Great Word Quest (ages 6-8) at Both online destinations are designed to help kids master literacy skills at eight different levels in a fun, interactive way, while parents can get progress reports on how well their children are doing.

WSIU is one of 20 PBS stations expanding the PBS KIDS Library Corners program in local libraries across the country this summer. The Library Corners are designed to give children ages two through eight the opportunity to strengthen their literacy skills through free, fun activities at their local public or school library. They are provided through PBS KIDS Raising Readers, a federally-funded national initiative that uses the power of media to help improve the reading skills of young children, with an emphasis on children from low-income families. WSIU is a Raising Readers station.

WSIU-TV is scheduled to help more area libraries kick off their summer reading programs through the installation of PBS KIDS Library Corners, including the Carbondale Public Library, as follows:

July 20, 1-3pm
Carbondale Public Library, 405 W. Main Street,
Librarian Pat Luebke, 457-0354,
Live radio remote: Lia Mira of Today's Hit Music CIL-FM (1-3pm)

For more information about WSIU's PBS KIDS Library Corner events or PBS KIDS Raising Readers, contact Beth Spezia at (618) 453-5595 or

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