Story last updated at 5/9/2012 - 1:16 pm
JUNEAU - Juneau families are invited to come and listen to local celebrities read from favorite picture books at the Downtown Juneau Public Library from 2:30-4:30 p.m. on May 12. Our celebrities include Lupita Alvarez, an early childhood educator and the First Lady of Juneau; Bob Banghart, local musician and Chief Curator of the Alaska State Museums; Sen. Dennis Egan; Marie Olson, author and Tlingit Elder; Rep. Cathy Munoz; pediatrician Dr. George Brown; and Glenn Gelbrich, Juneau School Superintendent.
There will also be cake walks for children, allowing 10 lucky winners to take home a cake. The cake walks begin at 2 p.m.
The Partnership is hoping to raise $3,000 for a matching grant from Best Beginnings, which helps finance the Imagination Library. Imagination Library provides free books every month for Juneau children from birth to age 5. For each $30 pledged, one local child is provided with 1 book a month for a year, helping ensure kindergarten readiness. Research shows that reading to children helps form attachments between parent and child, fosters brain development, and helps prepare children for school.
The community is asked to support the Read-a-Thon with a pledge to the event; pledges can be made through the Juneau's United Way at www.unitedwayseak.org/news/celebrity-read-thon.
For more information, contact the Association for the Education of Youth Children at (907) 789-1235.