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Literacy Day to be held at Merrimack Valley school complex

Kids and their families are invited to spend tomorrow afternoon playing with animals, having their faces painted and, most importantly, receiving a handful of free books at the annual Literacy Day, held at Merrimack Valley Middle and High schools.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to noon, with exhibits in both schools and outside in the parking lot. It’s sponsored by the Granite State Reading Council, which is holding two other Literacy Days in Littleton and Nashua. Each child will walk away with at least five free books, all purchased through donations from local businesses and community members.

“Research tells us kids read more if they own their
own books,” said Madonna
Ciocca, co-organizer of the event.

There will be a variety of stations featuring characters such as Elmo and Ronald
McDonald as well as animal exhibits. A giant tortoise
will roam the school
halls, there will be a potbellied pig and kids can build a
bat house, in addition to a number of other activities.
Free healthy snacks also are provided.

Current and retired teachers, community members and business owners all volunteer their time for the event. In previous years, there have been as many as 5,000 attendees, Ciocca said.

“It’s gone crazy, but in such a good way,” she said.

(Kathleen Ronayne can be reached at 369-3309 or
kronayne@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @kronayne.)

Elmo? At a kids event? Bad idea.

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