PUBLISHED: 5:17 PM on Tuesday, September 19, 2006
KTOO Family Night builds fun

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  Children get their hardhats and books at KTOO's Family Night. The next Family Night will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3.
Juneau - Wearing yellow hard hats and using lots of cardboard and colorful duct tape, Juneau children helped local builder Bob Schenker construct a castle at this week's KTOO Family Night. In turn, Schenker, of Carpenter's Local 2247, read the children a book about house building.

The KTOO Family Night was one of an on-going series to help build a strong relationship between children and reading. More than 50 people came to the event, which incorporated watching television, an activity, listening and reading, as well as dinner from the Silverbow and a free book.

Children watched a clip of the PBS kids program "Bob the Builder," then Schenker read from How a House is Built by Gail Gibbons.

"We try to find ways to get families excited about reading and to remind them how much fun it can be to incorporate activities. We are thrilled that so many organizations have offered to help out with Family Night and share our goal of getting kids excited about reading," said Bill Legere, KTOO President & General Manager.

With a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to promote literacy, KTOO hosts Family Night on the first Tuesday of each month. Teaching children and parents to "View-Read-Do," parents are encouraged to view television with their children and use the opportunity to find a book and activity related to the program they're watching. KTOO-TV has joined with the Association for the Education of Young Children - Southeast Alaska (AEYC-SEA) to hold Family Nights in Juneau and throughout Southeast Alaska. Each child who attends a KTOO workshop or Family Night receives a free book to take home. The program encourages parents to read at least a book a day to their young children.

The next Family Night will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, with special guests Susi Gregg Fowler and Jim Fowler, Juneau authors and artists. Every child will receive a signed copy of Jim Fowler's book Benny's Flag.

For the past three years, Southeast Alaska's award-winning public television station has worked closely with AEYC-SEA to hold educational workshops in the community.