Family Traditions To Make Your Own
January 11, 2011
It’s funny how traditions get started. When my children were small, we would hunt Easter eggs in the spring. We never missed the Platte County Fair. The apple orchard on a warm fall day (or even when it was cold) was a must, and Christmas Eve Candlelight Services were just some of the things we found ourselves doing year after year. Thus, traditions were born. We continue to do those things even now that the children are grown, and they have children of their own.
One thing I had not given much thought to was the weekly trips to the library to attend programs and our yearly participation in the Summer Reading Program. Who knew that those weekly trips to our local library would turn into a wonderful tradition that would pass down through three generations? With the start of a New Year, it is a great time to start a new tradition of your own. So, grab your children or your grandchildren and head to your local MCPL Branch.
Summer Reading is still a ways off, but RAFT (Read Aloud Family Time) is starting on January 18 and runs through March 31. Start your own traditions for cold, snowy afternoons and evenings. Sit down with your family and read together! RAFT promotes literacy and rewards families for reading together, an activity that is also its own reward. Participating families who read three multi-chapter books together earn a free hardback version of The Jungle Book, an award certificate, and a chance to win a DVD copy of Disney’s film version of The Jungle Book.
Find out all about the RAFT program here. Sign up today!