We celebrated the theme that “Reading is Magical,” during my 4th annual Gift of Reading events at local libraries.
Every year during the holiday season, I bring together school kids from throughout the district to one of our local libraries. My goal is to help spread some holiday magic through gifts to the kids that hope to inspire them to gain a love of reading and education.
We had over 100 kids attend each of our three events this year. We had one each at the Panorama City, Van Nuys and Sun Valley libraries. The kids arrived with their families and started the evening with some imagination-igniting crafts. Then they were joined by some of their favorite literary characters who talked about the importance of reading and education, and read them a story. Every kid received a health snack to enjoy during story time. Lastly, before they left, everyone received a gift from me of a back pack and a couple of books to start their own home library.
Reading is incredibly important to me, and I hope to inspire some of our youngest residents to learn how fun reading can be, and enjoy a life-long passion for knowledge.