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Library Event to Feature PBS KIDS, SuperWhy

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Contact:  Beth Spezia, WSIU Outreach Coordinator, (618) 453-5595, beth.spezia@wsiu.org; Irene Just, Librarian, Herrin City Library, (618) 942-6109

Carbondale, Ill. - Reporters, photographers, and camera crews are invited to cover Herrin City Library's Summer Reading program, "Read on the Wild Side" tomorrow, Thursday, July 16, at the library, 120 North 13th Street in Herrin, Illinois. WSIU and Herrin City Library are pleased to introduce a Raising Readers Library Corner featuring PBS KIDS-branded items, including banners and a rug, as well as dedicated shelving units, activity books, DVDs, books, and related components.

The event is free and open to the public.

Etha Anderson of the University of Illinois Extension office will conduct a series of WOW Adventures from 10 am to 10:45 am, followed by photo opportunities with the popular PBS KIDS character, Super Why! from 10:45 to 11:30 am. Children and families also will be able to participate in hands-on literacy activities based on the PBS KIDS programs Sesame Street, WordWorld, SuperWhy!, Between the Lions, Martha Speaks, and The Electric Company.

WCIL-FM and local radio personality Tracy McSherry McKown of New Country Z100 FM will conduct a live remote program from Herrin City Library from 1 to 3 pm, with PBS KIDS character SuperWhy! making appearances throughout the afternoon.

While at the library, kids and families also will be able to use computers and headphones to visit the online destination PBS KIDS Island at readytolearnreading.org, where they can play games designed to help them master literacy skills. The website measures and tracks each child's progress and provides reports to parents and caregivers.

WSIU's PBS KIDS Library Corner is part of the national Raising Readers initiative, a multi-year, grant-funded project that aims to help children, ages 2-8, to strengthen their reading and literacy skills. WSIU is a participating station in Raising Readers. Plans are underway to expand the PBS KIDS Library Corner to more libraries later this summer. Contact Beth Spezia at (618) 453-5595 or beth.spezia@wsiu.org to learn more.

Also coming up at Herrin City Library:  Educator Donna Cole will host special PBS KIDS Raising Readers activities using the PBS KIDS series Martha Speaks (on July 21), SuperWhy! (on July 28), and WordWorld (on August 4).  Families of young children are encouraged to take advantage of these special sessions.

Itinerary
10am:            WOW Adventures with Etha Anderson of the University of Illinois Extension Office
10:45-11:30am:            WSIU presents the Raising Readers Literacy Van, distributes books and activities,
            hosts photo opportunities with PBS KIDS character, SuperWhy!
1-3pm:            SuperWhy! Appearance, Live Remote with Tracy McSherry KcKown of New Country Z100 FM

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