DICKSON CITY — The Northeastern Pennsylvania Reading Association (NPRA) held its annual Reading Time at the Viewmont Mall on Sept. 12. Over a dozen association members donated time to assure everything went smoothly — from registration, to drawing of special gifts, to distribution of hundreds of free books, to selling raffle tickets, to announcing and assisting readers and as arts and crafts.
Sue McGrath’s students from Lackawanna College supervised the arts and crafts area, dressed in costumes, handed out bookmarks and free gifts to the children and assisted the readers.
Special guests Champ, Tux, the Nittany Lion, Zookeeper Amos McGee, Junie B. Jones, the Cat in the Hat, and a cow from the book0”Click, Clack, Moo” delighted children with their antics and patiently posed for dozens of photos during the day. There was even an appearance from a glittery rock star.
Others who donated their time include Scranton Mayor William Courtright, Clerk of Judicial Records Mauri Kelly, District Judge Paul Keeler, State Representatives Sid Michael Kavulich and Marty Flynn, Maripat O’Donnell, children’s authors Lindsay Barrett George and Gayle Krause. WNEP TV reporters Peggy Lee and Courtney Harrison were also guest readers and brought along their camera man, who taped a session that was broadcast later in the day.
The mall’s general manager and the regional reading events coordinator also assisted with the event.
Applebee’s, Perkins, and the Texas Roadhouse Restaurants donated baskets for the raffle. Texas Roadhouse also donated bookmarks and coupons to all the children who participated.
Money raised by NPRA is used to distribute free books to children, sponsor Babies and Books, present Young Authors’ Day in November and present professional development sessions for teachers throughout the year. The association is a professional organization dedicated to improving and promoting literacy serving over thirty school districts, colleges, universities, libraries and child care providers in five counties.