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Carnival celebrates reading

Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2007

The fourth annual Kenai Peninsula Reading Carnival is scheduled for Saturday at Soldotna High School, giving an opportunity for readers of all ages and abilities to celebrate Love of Reading month.

“We do it to bring attention to the different literacy projects that the Kenai Peninsula Reading Council does,” said Corey Hall, a librarian at the Kenai Library.

Saturday’s festivities get under way at noon and last until 4 p.m.

“We have activities and games that allow kids to practice their reading skills. We also showcase groups of kids that might be doing a play or a performance, so we have a main stage area where kids perform,” Hall said.

Hall said quite a few school groups are participating in the event. Many have rented activity booths to raise funds for things like field trips or special events.

“We’ll also have a book fair so that people can purchase books, and other groups will be giving away books,” Hall said.

Book characters, including Clifford the Big Red Dog and the Cat in the Hat, will be in attendance, and Hall said many peninsula businesses have donated door prizes.

Hall said the event has become very popular, with 1,200 and 1,300 people attending.

Proceeds the reading council earns from the event go toward community literacy projects such as Books for Babies and infant learning centers.



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