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Celebrate Literacy

As kids return to school, September is a great month to focus on literacy.

Sept. 8 is International Literacy Day, as designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Not to be confused with National March in to Literacy Month, sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program and held during the month of March, this year’s International Literacy Day is focused on the global relationship between literacy and peace.

I also think the day parallels perfectly with kids heading back to school. 

To celebrate literacy with your family, visit any Alexandria library on Sept. 8 for special 75th birthday events. Del Ray's local will have Alexandria firemen and a fire truck on-site at 10:30 a.m., a live performance by the Irish Breakfast Band from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and a magic show from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

September also marks the return of story time at Alexandria libraries, and this month’s line-up looks fun! Check out the system's event calendar for details.

On Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., visit the Third Annual
Alexandria Story Festiva
l at . The event is targeted at families with fun kids activities and 12 children’s book authors who will be reading their stories and talking about them.

According to UNESCO, “Literacy is a fundamental human right and the foundation for lifelong learning. It is fully essential to social and human development in its ability to transform lives.”

This month, enjoy literature as a family through fun events and a renewed focus at home. To create lifelong readers, let your children see you regularly carve out a little time for your own reading interests. The example you set will benefit them for a lifetime.

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