According to Melissa Pond, her two-year-old daughter inspires her passion to be a literacy leader and take part in the Every Child Reads campaign.
"Around 18 months or so, she started to develop her passion for reading. She really enjoyed touch-and-feel books, and lift-the-flap books, and especially small board books that would fit well in her tiny hands. I enjoyed the bond that reading was bringing to our family and I was even more excited about what research says about the brain development with reading to small children! I soon became obsessed and would start to find local and even regional events that focused on family literacy. In just six months, we met and purchased signed children’s books from dozens of children’s authors.
This emphasis on family literacy activities fills me with so much joy! I want other families to experience the excitement and magic that happens when you turn off the screens and open books, and meet authors and costumed characters. In my quest to bring that magic to the public, I begun to envision how I could bring these two worlds together. On December 13, 2017, through a collaboration between the Department of Planning and Community Development, and the Thomas Crane Public Library, I will be hosting the first ever Quincy Literacy Symposium at the Library, (40 Washington Street, Quincy) from 9:30 – 11:30 am.
We have two fabulous presenters, Jean C. Fahey, PhD, and Jean Rogers, M.S.Ed. Participants of the symposium will receive a copy of Make Time for Reading compliments of South Shore Health System, signed by the author. Additionally, local agencies will host tables with information about current programming, best practices, and much more!"