Sunday, January 16, 2011

Heads-Up: Recurring Early-Childhood Literacy Event (Seattle)

If you are in the Seattle area, have a toddler or preschooler in your care and are looking for a great new story time, you might want to try this one on Friday mornings!  The first Friday Family Story Hour will be this Friday at 2:00pm and then each Friday after that at 9:30am.  Guest readers from the community (including City Councilmember Jean Godden and Seattle Times columnist Nicole Brodeur) and the librarian from the host school, Hamlin Robinson, will be reading to your youngsters for free!

Here is the press announcement:


Free, open to the public and aimed at families with pre-kindergarten children, guest reader and
City Councilmember Jean Godden helps kick off this weekly series

SEATTLE—Jan. 5, 2011--Hamlin Robinson School, which relocated this school year into the former home of TT Minor Elementary at 1700 E. Union Street, extends its resources to families and caregivers of young children in the community with its new Friday Family Story Hour. The first event, featuring guest reader and City Councilmember Jean Godden, will be held Jan. 21, 2-3 p.m. at the School’s library.

“Story Hour can provide new learners kindergarten readiness skills that encompass physical, social and emotional learning, cognition, language and literacy,” Joan Beauregard said, Interim Head at Hamlin Robinson School. “Its engaging and family-oriented format includes storytelling that uses flannel boards, drama, music, and the vitality of storytellers and our talented librarian, Kris Dersch.”

The event also serves as a “thank you” from the School for the warm welcome it received from neighbors. Hamlin Robinson School staff aim to make story time accessible for small children (mainly ages two to five) and their parents/caregivers who reside in the Central District and Capitol Hill neighborhoods. Story Hour fosters community, relieves parent isolation, and promises to be fun. It also appeals to many styles of learning—a philosophy the School embodies in serving those with dyslexia and related language difficulties.

Subsequent story hours will be held Friday mornings from 9:30 to10:30 a.m., including Jan 28, Feb. 4, 11, and 18. Guest readers will be announced as they are known. For further information, please contact 206-763-1167.

The Hamlin Robinson School is an independent K-8 school in Seattle offering a specialized program specifically for students with dyslexia and related language difficulties. The school is affiliated with the International Dyslexia Association, the National Association of Independent Schools, the Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools, and the Washington Federation of Independent Schools. Contact the Hamlin Robinson School at 206-763-1167 or visit

We hope you will take advantage of this great resource for literacy.

Reading along,
K and Z

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