An estimated 42 million adults have extreme difficulty with reading and writing comprehension, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Last Saturday, the Bloomington Barnes & Noble hosted a book fair to help children with reading.
The event benefited the Children’s Village. Marla Rosen, Director of the Children’s Village, says it’s important to begin childhood development in early years. “We are an early childhood development and education center in Bloomington, and we serve as both a daycare and preschool that eventually feeds into Monroe County School District and also Richland Bean Blossom,” said Rosen. “Our children range from six weeks old to about five and a half.”
Only an estimated 53-percent of children between the ages of 3 and 5 are read to on a daily basis. This event was filled with several activities which allowed families to take the opportunity to spend time together and participate in various activities such as story time.
Participants such as Ghangis Carter and son Isaiah enjoyed the festivities. “We’re looking at getting involved with the puppet show and I think there will be some other surprises that he is maybe not aware of but we’re looking forward to anything and everything that happens today.” Carter said that he and his son enjoy other types of events together, as he says every day is like Father’s Day.