CALEXICO, Calif.–The Camarena Memorial Library held its Read Across America Family Night on Tuesday Feb. 26, 2013. Children as young as toddlers and their families participated in the various activities designed to foster a love of reading. They rotated from arts and crafts to story time, games, and snack time.
“It’s a program we offer for children to implement reading from an early age, so we invite all families to come by and take advantage of the program,” said Veronica Torreros, an administrator at the library.
Teachers from different schools in the Imperial Valley volunteer to read to the children. Holly Barkalow from El Centro read several books to the children, an activity she is more than glad to participate in.
Jackie Castro, a resident of nearby Heber, brought her four younger children Claudia, Jackie, Bryant and Elizabeth. She says she tries to bring her children to all the activities the library offers.
“My oldest one loves reading,” said Castro. “She has 200 points of Accelerated Reader at her school.”
Read Across America is sponsored by the National Education Association in schools across the U.S. Locally, it’s offered every two to three months, and all members of the public are invited to participate, Torreros said.