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Free PBS Literacy Fair Saturday, June 9 in Deer Valley and
Friday-Saturday Literacy Workshops at Musical Instrument Museum
June 15-16 and June 22-23 Funded by First Things First Arizona

PHOENIX…May 30, 2012…School’s “in” this summer for children ages five and under with families wanting to give their kids a head start on language development and reading. Eight, Arizona PBS is partnering with the City of Phoenix Latino Institute to host a fun-filled PBS Literacy Fair from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 9 at the Deer Valley Community Center.

Also, Eight’s Educational Outreach team is teaching a series of six Family Literacy Workshops over a four-day period – June 15, 16, 22 and 23 – at the popular Musical Instrument Museum in Scottsdale. Families signing up for all six workshops get free admission to the MIM, plus a complimentary tour of its exhibits on June 16.

There is no charge for these events in English and Spanish funded by First Things First North Phoenix Regional Partnership Council. For information and to register, or call (602) 496-7004.

At the PBS Literacy Fair, parents, grandparents and caregivers who attend Elmo’s ‘I Spy’ workshops on creating an at-home literacy-rich environment earn a free backpack stuffed with books and other PBS goodies. Families also take home Sesame Street resources that promote healthy eating. Children have their own learning activities, and they can pose for photos with Maya, Miguel and Super Why! (bring your own camera). The Deer Valley Community Center is located southwest of 19th Avenue and the 101; phone number is (602) 495-3735.

At the six-workshop series at the MIM, parents and caregivers will learn about reading and language development in their preschoolers. They also will be shown how to help teach their youngsters literacy skills and receive a packet of materials in English or Spanish for use at home. Free child care for kids five and under will be provided. The museum is located southwest of Tatum Boulevard and the 101; phone number is (480) 478-6000.

Super Why!

Kids will learn reading skills and pose with Eight’s ‘Super Why!’ for photos at PBS Literacy Fair on Saturday, June 9.

Photo: Eight, Arizona PBS


About Eight, Arizona PBS

Eight, Arizona PBS specializes in the education of children, in-depth news and public affairs, lifelong learning, and the celebration of arts and culture -- utilizing the power of noncommercial television, the Internet, educational outreach services, and community-based initiatives. The PBS station began broadcasting from the campus of Arizona State University on January 30, 1961. Now more than 80 percent of Arizonans receive the signal through a network of translators, cable and satellite systems. With more than 1 million viewers each week, Eight consistently ranks among the most-viewed public television stations per capita in the country. Arizonans provide more than 60 percent of the station's annual budget.

Eight is a member-supported service of Arizona State University.