Mayor challenges residents to give books to students

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By Kellie Parkin

“If you like to see children read – there’s something you can do to help,” Mayor Sue Colson said Tuesday night at the close of the city budget workshop.

The middle school library is in need of a full set of the 15 Sunshine State Readers books, Colson said. “The school has two sets, but if you have 10 kids that want to read the same book, they can’t,” she said. “I want that taken care of.”

The sets the school has are kept in the classrooms for students. Colson would like these books to be available for students to check them out in the library. “The kids need our help,” she said.

The Sunshine State Reader Program is cosponsored by the Department of Education and the Florida Association for Media in Education. The program aims to encourage kids to read for pleasure and interest, rather than reading level.

Colson said she is donating four books.

Calling on the community to donate what they can, she said people can give just a few dollars or purchase books to donate. For more information, contact the Cedar Key Middle School English teacher B.J. Arrington at (352) 543-5223. 

CFCC to host author on Literacy Day - Sept. 8

The Central Florida Community College Levy Center will host local author Alan S. Evans on Tuesday, Sept. 8, in celebration of International Literacy Day.Evans will discuss his recently released novel, “Spirit Horses,” with students and community members during the event, which begins at 11 a.m. in the Levy Center Community Room, 114 Rodgers Blvd. There is no charge to attend.

Well-known Florida author Shelly Fraser Mickle writes, “Alan Evans throws us in with horse whisperers, an ancient horse legend, and a mare with a secret destiny. Evans is an artful new storyteller, taking his readers on a spirited ride to a satisfying end.”

Also attending the event will be Jenny Rogers, Youth Services coordinator of the Levy County Public Library. She will discuss new and exciting programs available in Levy County and distribute library card registration forms.

September is International Literacy Month around the world and Adult and Family Literacy Month in Florida. The United Nations declared 2003-2012 the U.N. Literacy Decade to call attention to literacy levels of children, youth and adults across the world. In Florida, more than 20 percent of adults experience literacy issues that greatly impact their lives and families, as well as their ability to work productively as employees and citizens.

Everyone can celebrate International Literacy Day on Sept. 8 by sharing a favorite book with a child or an adult; encouraging family and friends to continue their education; taking a child to the library; donating to a literacy organization; donating age-appropriate books to families in need; reading to a child.

For further information, contact Kat Davis at the CFCC Levy Center, 352-493-9533.