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Jodi Perry | Herald

Alaina Ross (3) does a craft during the Early Literacy Fair held at the Stewart C. Meyer Library on Wednesday morning.

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Reading is fun — that’s what Lisa Youngblood, director of the Stewart C. Meyer Harker Heights Library, wants everyone to know.

The library celebrated Children’s Book Week this week with fun games for kids, educational resources for parents and entertainment for the whole family.

On Wednesday, the library hosted a Literacy Fair for preschoolers, their families, caregivers and educators.

Youngblood called the fair, “A celebration of early childhood literature.”

There were activities that helped with vocabulary, letter and sound recognition, narrative skills, phonological awareness and decoding, and a media center which introduced children to technology.

“Literacy is a process that happens in stages not ages,” Youngblood said.

The fair allowed children to play literacy games while their parents, caregiver, and teachers learned the educational concepts of the games. Singer and songwriter Joe McDermott also performed.

“We are teaching children skills to be ready to read when they enter school and teaching parents on how they can work with their children,” said Amanda Hairston, children’s librarian.

There were also vendors including the Military Child Education Coalition, Fort Hood MWR New Parent Support Group, Early Childhood Intervention and Children’s Special Needs Network.

Anne Gavin, mother of Lukah, 3, visited the library for the first time Wednesday after seeing information online advertising the event.

“I’ve been looking for something fun to do with my son to help him learn to read,” Gavin said.

She plans to bring her son back to the library to enjoy more of the children’s activities.

For more information, go to www.ci.harker-heights.tx.us/library.

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Jodi Perry | Herald

Alaina Ross (3) does a craft during the Early Literacy Fair held at the Stewart C. Meyer Library on Wednesday morning.

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