Monday, October 4, 2010

Room To Read-A-Thon - Edmonton and Surrounding Areas

Hey Kids – Join the Yak Pack!

Zak the Yak wants children in Edmonton and surrounding communities to Join the Yak Pack! He is inviting local children to read books during the month of October 2010 and ask family and friends to sponsor their reading.

The Edmonton Chapter of Room to Read is sponsoring a Room to Read-A-Thon during the month of October 2010. Posters and bookmarks promoting the event have been distributed to schools and public libraries in Edmonton, Spruce Grove, St. Albert, Sherwood Park and surrounding communities. Funds raised will be used by Room to Read to buy books for schools in Zambia.

Join the Yak Pack!

The theme for our Read-A-Thon is Join the Yak Pack! The mascot, Zak, is a character in a children's book, Zak the Yak With Books on His Back, recently published by John Wood, founder of Room to Read. The book is a story about a yak who collects and delivers books to children in Nepal.

This event will promote literacy locally and globally - as local children read, their literacy and love of reading will grow, and their reading will benefit children who lack basic reading materials.

Global Storytime Events

Two Global Storytime events are being held in conjunction with the Read-A-Thon. Local celebrities will be on hand to read books published by Room to Read for children in Africa and Asia.

Tues. October 5, 2010, Whitemud Crossing Library, 6:30 p.m.
The Official Launch of the Room to Read-A-Thon

Local musician Emo Leblanc will perform his “Room to Read” song which he composed as a tribute to the Room to Read organization. Readers: Laurie Greenwood, Jim Hole, Michael Phair, Gail De Vos and more...

Thurs. October 7, 2010, Lois Hole Library 6:30 p.m.
Readers: Lynn Mandel, Steve Bondarchuck, Charmaine Hammond and others...

Wrap-Up Party
The Wrap-Up celebration for the Read-A-Thon will be held on:
Sat. Nov. 6th, 2010
1-3 p.m.
Spruce Grove Public Library.
Melcor Cultural Centre
35 - 5 th Ave., Spruce Grove

Join us for stories, pin the tail on a Yak and much more fun!

About Room to Read
Room to Read is an international non-profit working to promote literacy in nine African and Asian countries: Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Laos, Nepal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Zambia. These countries have the highest illiteracy rates in the world.

Room to Read is celebrating its 10th anniversary. In its first decade it has:
- established 10,000 libraries,
- built more than 1100 schools,
- published 433 multilingual children's books,
- provided ongoing scholarships to enable 10,0000 underprivileged girls to attend school.

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Pat Nelson,
Edmonton Chapter, Room to Read
World Change Starts With Educated Children