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Brundidge library to host literacy experts in April

The Tupper Lightfoot Memorial Library in Brundidge will kick off National Library Week with “The Literacy Connection @ Your Library” event from 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday, April 7 at the city library on South Main Street.

“Literacy is not just the ability to read and write but the ability to think and reason,” said Theresa Trawick, library director. “‘The Literacy Connection @Your Library’ is designed to strengthen individuals, families, communities and the workforce.”

Trawick said those who participate will have the opportunity to visit experts in different areas of literacy to ask questions, listen to presentations and receive handouts in order to learn more about literacy.

“Attendees who visit each table will be given free awards including a lunch ticket and eligibility for door prizes including two grand prizes of $50,” Trawick said.

Literacy tables are geared for adults and school-age children. Younger children will have activities in which to participate.

“The areas of literacy are faith, reading, information and media, financial and civic and health,” Trawick said. “Samuel Valentine, who has a master’s degree in theology, will be our faith literacy expert. He is a science and math teacher at Pike County Elementary School.

“Our reading literacy expert will be Jennifer Amlong, assistant director at the Tupper library. Jennifer is the coordinator of children and youth collections and services.”

Trawick will be the info and media literacy expert and Jimmy Ramage, former city mayor and president of First National Bank and supporter of the Business and Finance Academy at Pike County High School, will be the financial and civic literacy expert. The health literacy expert will be Paulette Lee, Pike County First Care coordinator for the Alabama Department of Public Health.

To register for the “Literacy Connection @ Your Library” event, call 334-735-2145. Be sure to give a phone number and email address.

“Registration for the event stops after the first 50 people are registered,” Trawick said. “We must know how many members of each family will be attending. Only registered attendees will be admitted. You do not have to be present to win a door prize but you will be responsible for getting your prize within a week of being notified.”

The Tupper Lightfoot Memorial Library will be open only to attendees on Saturday, April 7.