A community event centered on early literacy will take place next month.

Kids, families, and friends are being invited to Family Fun Day: Celebrate Reading on Saturday, March 10th from 11am–12:30pm at Parker Middle School on Wright Road in Howell. Entertainment and activities will kick off the celebration and highlight the five practices for early literacy success - reading, writing, talking, singing, and playing. Organizers say the event supports the idea that families are their child’s first teacher, and parents can help set the foundation for their child’s reading success in school with engaging activities. The Merry Music Maker will perform in concert and the event will feature hands-on children’s activities, an early literacy scavenger hunt, free books, storytelling, and a chance to meet the storybook characters Elephant & Piggie and Pete the Cat. Throughout the event, tables will be set up with fun activities and games for kids. Additionally, each family will be given an early-literacy activity bag geared toward their 0-5 year-old that can be taken home and used.

The free event is open to everyone and is sponsored by the Livingston Early Literacy Collaborative. That includes the six Livingston County libraries, Child Connect for Family Success, Great Start Livingston, LESA Early Childhood Program, and Michigan State University Extension. More information is available in the attachments. (JM)