Books are the core of the library, and are the highlight during Children’s Book Week, Nov. 14 through Nov. 19.

The Stewart C. Meyer Harker Heights Public Library is participating in this literacy initiative with special events culminating in a free book for each child to support the concept of every child a reader, thereby enhancing each child’s success in school and in life.

Of special note is the Early Literacy Fair from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The fair will highlight early literacy games, music learning activities, and literacy-based crafts that foster curiosity and literacy skills, and make learning fun for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

Parents, guardians, and care providerscan meet with children’s service providers, and learn about current educational library materials during the fair.

Tying educational and musical components together, award-winning musician Joe McDermott will perform at 10 a.m.

Encouraging and guiding a child’s curiosity through Reading Together is an excellent way for families to spend time together, both at the library and at home.

To encourage future reading activities, The Heights Library Read With Me Nook will open at 10 a.m. Thursday.

A special Family Reading Night at 6 p.m. Thursday celebrates the joy of reading, and each attending child will receive a free book of their choice among the selected titles the library will have available.

Library Director Lisa Youngblood and the Harker Heights Public Library staff and board members are dedicated to providing materials and services to fulfill the educational, informational, and recreational needs of all the library’s patrons.

Reading is a skill that can be used for a lifetime; the pleasure of reading is a gift that can open a future of possibilities and dreams that is every child’s birthright.

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