Literacy night to be held at Chamisa Elementary School

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By The Staff

In recognition of National Young Readers Week, which began Monday, the staff of Los Alamos Public Schools is eager to host Family Literacy Night on Thursday at Chamisa Elementary School

The schedule for the event will begin with the Scholastic Book Fair from 3:30-7 p.m.; a dinner hosted by the sixth-grade class will be held from 4-5 p.m.; the keynote speaker will take the stage at 4 p.m. and there will be storytelling for children from 5-5:45 p.m. Workshops will also be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Lisa LaPrairie-Whitacre, an educator and the Chamisa Elementary School librarian, is ready and waiting for the family friendly night, that will include the kickoff of the Scholastic book fair and an evening of reading strategies, that takes parents and caregivers into the role of  the student for the evening.

As the dismissal bell rings Thursday, the book fair invites the entire community to come and explore the fun. While some assume that books are meant to entice children, LaPrairie-Whitacre offers reading and novelties for every age. Cookbooks, novels and calendars are available for adults and everything from board books, pencils and erasers to bookmarks and posters are available for kids.

The book fair offers the opportunity to give the gift of reading, while benefiting the library stockpile for decades to come.

“They benefit the library and the school. We are able to purchase books for the library and for classrooms. We have also purchased new sofas with money from last year’s book fair,” LaPrairie-Whitacre said. “Many of our bookshelves and display units as well as our bean bags were purchased with book fair profits.”

This year’s goal is to raise $12,000 in sales.

During Family Literacy Night, LAPS Reading Specialist and keynote speaker Suzanne Lynne will speak on the “Five Skills Children need to be Readers by Third Grade.”  The staff will also hold breakout sessions, teaching topic areas that include strategies for reading aloud, resources in reading and more.

There’s no need for a sitter, this family friendly event also plays host to local storyteller, Doug Partin. Partin has delighted children for years with his adventures of a character named Jack.

Sixth grade students and their families will serve soups, stews, chili and breads in an effort to raise funds for an end-of- the-year-trip. The $5 fee includes dessert, salad, bread and a drink. Families are also welcome to attend the fundraiser for Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation from 7-9 p.m. at the Central Avenue Grill.

Residents are welcome to attend the entire event or just the portions that appeals to them. To learn more, call the school library at 663-2470. Volunteers are always welcome and free gift-wrapping for book fair purchases will be available only on Thursday.