Programs manager Cindy Jaye and her colleagues at Jefferson County Public Library “had been dreaming about offering the Raise a Reader Festival” for years, Jaye said — and, after offering 10 …
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Programs manager Cindy Jaye and her colleagues at Jefferson County Public Library “had been dreaming about offering the Raise a Reader Festival” for years, Jaye said — and, after offering 10 smaller festivals in 2017 and taking a year off in 2018, the organization will hold the 2019 festival in just one location, hoping to serve more than 1,000 attendees.
“What we really wanted was a true festival, with all of Jefferson County at the same time in the same place,” she said.
The free event invites children ages zero to five to go from station to station and engage in five activities — playing, talking, singing, reading and writing — that have been shown to promote literacy in toddlers, she said.
“There will be something for the kids to do, and we'll also have early literacy specialists demonstrating how easy and affordable it is (to teach early literacy),” she said. “Part of the goal is to help parents just talk to their kids.”
This year's event will take place on Saturday, Aug. 10, 10 a.m. to four p.m. at Golden's Colorado Railroad Museum, 17155 W. 44th Ave.
“Reading is essential to learning and understanding history, and understanding history is essential to dealing with the challenges we face today in our world,” said the museum's executive director, Paul Hammond. “Raising readers means we're also raising kids to appreciate and understand Colorado's rich history.”
The event will also offer other fun activities and attractions, such as free train rides, on-site food trucks and giveaways for the first families to arrive, Jaye said.
The library has asked families who would like to attend to complete a free registration online at jeffcolibrary.org under the Events tab.
“It's free, it's fun and it's good for you,” Jaye said. “Everybody in the family will have a great time.”
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