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Family Reading Night, a free community event organized by The Missourian, will take place this Friday, March 2, from 5:30 to 8:30 at Washington Middle School.

This year’s guest author/illustrator is Brian Biggs. He will share his book, “Tinyville Town Gets to Work,” about a happy town that finds it needs a new bridge and sets out to build one.

Biggs will travel from Philadelphia to be a part of this year’s reading celebration.

In addition to the opportunity to meet an author, children who attend can listen to stories read by community leaders and local high school students, participate in crafts based on books, and win books — lots of books.

More than 30 baskets of books will be given away at the end of the event, following a readers’ theater performed by the Washington Police Department.

The books awarded during Family Reading Night are donated by local organizations and businesses. Anyone interested in donating a basket of new books to promote reading are encouraged to contact Penny Heisel at

Family Reading Logs are distributed to many schools and can be found online at

Families who read together at least 15 minutes each night for a week prior to Family Reading Night can log their time and bring their completed logs to the event to be part of a drawing for six months of Missourian Book Buzz Picks.

The Family Reading prizes are sponsored by the Washington High School Football Team and Washington NEA.

This is the 18th year for Family Reading Night, which celebrates families reading together. The event is sponsored by The Missourian, Washington School District and Washington Optimist Club. Additional support is provided by the Washington Public Library, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of New Haven, Neighborhood Reads bookstore and more than 100 volunteers.