Photo by Lizeth Legaspi and Judith Mazon
About 150 children in pajamas assembled for the 13th annual Camarena Memorial Library Pajama Party in January. The event in Calexico was sponsored by community project grants from CTA and Associated Calexico Teachers to promote literacy. The grants will also help pay for similar free events at the library throughout the year with crafts, games, snacks, raffles, and every child taking home a free book. Another event is planned in March to celebrate Read Across America. “It’s an opportunity to give back to our community and show that we’re supporting literacy,” says CTA member Chad Cooper.
Get ready for Read Across America
Get prepared for Read Across America this March with “Gabby and Gator,” written and illustrated by James Burks, and “Boris Ate a Thesaurus,” written by Neil Klayman and illustrated by Barry Chung. Established to promote literacy, Read Across America is celebrated each year on or near March 2, the birthday of children’s author Dr. Seuss. To plan an event at your school consult your librarian, who may have event ideas and resources to offer; invite guest readers to visit your school; and share your plans with colleagues. For more info on Read Across America, visit www.cta.org/raa.