TERRE HAUTE —
Honey Creek Mall, in partnership with the Vigo County Public Library, will celebrate Read Across America with an impressive roster of local celebrity storytellers, including popular TV personalities and others, eagerly volunteering to read stories to area children.
The event kicks off at 10:30 a.m. on Friday with the reading oath and a “flash mob read” from the Vigo County Public Library. The events continue with storytimes every 30 minutes from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. This reading initiative also includes a monthlong donation drive for new children’s books to benefit Friends of the Vigo County Public Library.
Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program by the National Education Association which calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss. During the mall’s storytime events, the first 25 children at each event who donate a new children’s book will receive a Dr. Suess “Cat in the Hat” hat. Donations of new children’s books will be accepted at the shopping center through March 31.
“It’s a privilege to host a program for children that encourages reading, while also inviting the community to donate new children’s books, which will go to kids in area hospitals,” said Kim Ingalsbe, general manager for Honey Creek Mall. “Reading is a fundamental skill for success in society. Our celebrity story tellers have the unique opportunity to interact with the future generation in a way that makes reading fun and exciting.”
While the list of storytellers grows daily, a sampling of the robust roster of readers includes WTWO TV personalities Morgan Moore, Sydney Benter, Jesse Walker, Kellie Bartoli and John Swaner; WTHI meteorologist Kevin Orpurt; North Vigo High School athletic director Michael Menser, Big Read storyteller Sally Weatherston and others. Groups are welcome and reservations are not necessary. For a complete list of Storytellers and free activities, visit www.HoneyCreekMall.com or call 812.232.4500.
To encourage reading all month long, children up to age 12 can read their way to free treats. Complimentary bookmarks to help track of the number of books read will be available at the storytelling events and select retailers. Once a child reads four books, they can redeem the bookmark for free treats at participating mall eateries.