2013 Family Reading Night Planning Committee

Members of the 2013 Planning Committee pictured with Kenneth Kraegel's book, include front row from left, Ruth McInnis, Karla Bennett, Jennifer Wirthwein, Gloria Bauermeister and Dawn Kitchell. Back row: Chris Stuckenschneider, Jane Haberberger, Ann Loesing, Valerie Jankowski, Judy Straatmann and Penny Heisel. Not pictured: Pat Frank, Ann Joyce and Danielle Snider.

Children, parents, grandparents and volunteers will gather to “Share a Dragon’s Tale” at the 13th annual Family Reading Night, a free community event to be held Friday, March 1, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Washington Middle School.

Guest author/Illustrator Kenneth Kraegel will share his book, “King Arthur’s Very Great Grandson,” a Missourian February Book Buzz Pick.

Area schools’ parent teacher organizations are invited to participate by hosting an activity table featuring a simple craft based on a children’s book.

The Family Reading Night Committee provides each table with a craft idea, directions and youth volunteers. A limited number of tables are available and may be reserved on a first-come-first-served basis by contacting Ruth McInnis at rmcinnis@ci.washington.mo.us or 636-231-4028.

In 2000, Washington-area schools, parent teacher organizations, and community organizations began partnering with The Missourian to hold an annual Family Reading Night.

Thanks to this collaborative effort, Washington’s Family Reading Night has grown into a community-wide celebration of reading attended by hundreds of young readers, parents, grandparents, and volunteers.

In addition to activity tables, school groups and community organizations are invited to donate book baskets that will be given away to participating children.

This year’s Family Reading Night is sponsored by the Washington Optimists Club, School District of Washington and The Missourian, with support from the Washington Public Library, Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of New Haven, Washington High School Football Team, and Washington NEA.

For more information, contact Dawn Kitchell, kitchelld@emissourian.com or 636-932-4301.