Free literacy festival set at Central Middle School

The 10th annual Bartholomew Reads Literacy Festival will be Saturday at Central Middle School, promoting the magic of books and reading.

Activities focusing on promoting literacy for children and adults are planned from noon to 3 p.m. in both of the school’s gyms, said Karen Garrity, chairwoman of the Bartholomew Literacy Task Force and for the event.

The free event promotes reading in a fun way, through child-friendly entertainment, including a book character costume contest for ages 2 to 12 and book giveaways.

More than 50 booths with a variety of literacy activities will be set up in the gyms, Garrity said.

Games, activities and information about literacy programs will be available, including programs such as Book Buddies, Put Your Nose in a Book Day, Dr. Seuss’ Birthday/Read Across America and the Tots Reading Lots Book Club.

NTN Driveshaft is the main sponsor for the festival, which annually has attracted 2,000 to 3,000 visitors.

Food, music and a performance of Mexican folk dancing are planned.

If you go

What: 10th Annual Bartholomew Reads Literacy Festival

When: Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday

Where: Central Middle School, 725 Seventh St.

Cost: Free

Sponsored by: NTN Driveshaft Inc.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.