Thursday, April 12, 2007

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Drop Everything and Read. National D.E.A.R. Day is a special reading celebration to remind and encourage families to make reading together on a daily basis a family priority. It marks the birthday of beloved author Beverly Cleary as the official event date, April 12th. Ramona Quimby, who was in charge of spreading the word about National D.E.A.R. Day last year, is relinquishing the National Spokesperson role in 2007 to actress Emma Roberts, star of Nickelodeon's Unfabulous and the upcoming Nancy Drew movie. Check D.E.A.R's "Favorite Read Aloud titles for families."

In 1988 the California State Legislature created the Families for Literacy (FFL) Program, a state-wide family literacy initiative for public libraries already providing adult literacy services, to extend those services to include the families of adult learners with preschool children. CLLS has links to books, websites, software and parenting resources.

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