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Literacy on the Lawn @ NIU

May 27th, 2016
Categories: Kids, News

May 27th, 2016

The library will be a participant at 2016 Literacy on the Lawn!  This program opens its next chapter at a new location, NIU’s Convocation Center, and with an award-winning author.

The Jerry L. Johns Literacy Clinic event is set for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at the Convo Center.

Award-winning children’s author Carolyn Crimi will present a lively program from 11 to 11:45 a.m. It  promises to engage young readers (and writers too) and get everyone excited about summer reading.

With more than 20 exhibitors, there will be something for all young readers and their parents. Planned activities include the Stuffed Bunny Science Adventure Series, vegetable literacy, an improvisation workshop, guess-the-seed game, MyPlate toss, Boy Scout skills training, American Sign Language, the Hmong Story Cloth and Beanie Babies labeling in multiple languages.

Huskie mascot Mission will stop by from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m., and character mascot Victor E. Huskie will be on hand as well. The Harambee African Percussion Ensemble is set to perform too.

Attendees have a chance to win raffle prizes, including gift certificates at local businesses, Ice Hogs and Rockford Rivets tickets, an autographed Chicago Bears flag and a grand prize, which includes a life-size stuffed husky dog, two fiction and two nonfiction books and a Huskie tote bag. Students of DeKalb and Sycamore elementary schools can bring coloring sheets for a special raffle.

Each child will receive a take-home bag with literacy information for parents, children’s reading activities and a book.

Literacy on the Lawn is still looking for donations and volunteers. For more information, contact Suzi Hinrichs, assistant director of the Jerry L. Johns Literacy Clinic, at (815) 753-8187 or shinrichs@niu.edu. There is bus service for DeKalb residents who need a ride. Call the Literacy Clinic for details.