Participating organizations include Memphis City Schools, Shelby County Schools, Memphis Public Library, Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Greater Memphis, Bridges, The Urban Child Institute, and Seedco. These organizations, along with First Book Mid South, Children's Museum of Memphis, The Memphis Grizzlies, and the United Way's "Success by 6" program have joined the national family literacy movement in encouraging parents to read with their children from the earliest ages.
The event draws together Memphis and Shelby County's leading literacy organizations and agencies in a collaborative to highlight the need for lifelong learning.
"National Family Literacy Day brings us all together, around the issue of parents' and care-givers' fundamental role in their childrenÃ¢â¬â¢s success", according to Wilson McCloy of the Memphis Literacy Council. The celebration will feature live music, appearances by Mayor A.C. Wharton, Mr. Chuck, and a variety of children's book characters. Free books will be provided by Davis-Kidd Booksellers, along with prizes from the Memphis Area Teacher's Credit Union and the Memphis Grizzlies.
For additional information, contact the Memphis Literacy Council at (901) 327-6000, Mid South Reads at (901) 678-2001, or Shelby County Books from Birth at (901) 820-4501.