For the love of books

Family Literacy Night brings out readers to share favorite works

The Second Annual Family Literacy Night at Hastings Books Music and Video drew a crowd of middle school teachers, administrators and students from throughout Blount County.

The event was held Tuesday evening, Jan. 19. Terri Bradshaw, literacy leader with Carpenters Middle School, said the event was a success.

“It went very well,” said Bradshaw. “We had about 80, which was about the same attendance as last year. We had all of our principals, as well as folks from the community. All the people who did readings did a great job of sharing their journey and favorite passages, and it was really good. Everyone was entertaining.”

Bradshaw said that middle school students often look up to adults. “For adults to model reading is an important influence on them,” she said.

Carpenters Middle School principal Mike Crabtree said the event went very well. “We had good participation. A lot of students showed up from the different middle schools,” he said.

Crabtree said the adults enjoyed sharing with students the books they were reading and why they enjoyed reading. “We also had good door prizes provided by the school and Hastings,” he said. “A lot of kids walked away with door prizes.”

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