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WSIU, Eldorado Public Library to Host Summer Reading Event

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Contact: Beth Spezia, WSIU Outreach Coordinator, (618) 453-5595, beth.spezia@wsiu.org; Brenda Funkhouser, Director, Eldorado Memorial Public Library, (618) 273-7922

Carbondale, Ill. -- WSIU Public Television, a public media arm of Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC), and Eldorado Memorial Public Library are teaming up to present a fun literacy event for families designed to encourage children to read and to help them improve their vocabulary skills. Based on the Illinois Library Association's Summer Reading Program theme “A Midsummer Knight's Read,” the free event will be held on Wednesday, July 6 from 9-10am at Eldorado Memorial Public Library, 1001 Grant Street, in Eldorado, Illinois.

WSIU will present a Raising Readers Theater Performance of “Perfectly Martha” featuring SIUC students, youth from Eldorado, and children at the library. The performance is based on the popular book series and PBS KIDS television series Martha Speaks, which follows the adventures of Martha, a loveable dog whose appetite for alphabet soup gives her the ability to speak.

WSIU staff will also lead children in a word jousting activity modeled after the vocabulary segment “Gawain's Word” from the PBS KIDS television series Between the Lions. Children will line up on opposite sides of the room while holding word "swords" shaped like knights on horseback. Each card will feature part of a vocabulary word. Holding their word swords, children will gallop towards each other until their swords meet to complete the vocabulary words.

WSIU will distribute PBS KIDS print and e-Books to children and will provide the library with educational resources to share with families. WSIU also will show children how to use online learning sites such as PBS KIDS, PBS KIDS Island, and WordQuest.

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