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Educational First Steps’ Literacy Day Provides a Reading Adventure at the Dallas Zoo
Nov 4, 2010

Educational First Steps (EFS) and the Dallas Zoo are teaming up for Literacy Day. Each year this event is held to offer families a chance to experience a day of fun that centers on literacy based activities. Well-known authors and children’s entertainers are on hand to encourage the message that reading to children is fundamental. Celebrate the joy of reading with author talks, animal programs, and more. The event at the Dallas Zoo will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and all EFS affiliate center families receive free admission with coupons provided in advance from their child care centers.

Guests will meet the following authors:

  • Melody “AFI” Bell – Musician, poet, and a griot (traveling storyteller) at 2 p.m.
  • Liz Garten Scanlon – poet, teacher, and author of “A Sock Is a Pocket for Your Toes.”
  • Tim Ostermeyer – Master photographer and author of “Adventures of Rusty and Ginger Fox.”
  • Willy Welch – singer, songwriter, storyteller, actor, and author of “Playing Right Field,” “Dancing with Daddy,” and “Grumbly Bunnies.”

EFS Literacy Day activities also include the Dallas Zoo’s Zippity Zoo programs. EFS spokesfrog Gus will make special appearances throughout the day. The Dallas Public Library will offer families the opportunity to sign up for library cards, hand out books, and speak to parents about the importance of reading. Other community organizations with informational booths include Oak Cliff Cultural Center, J. Erik Jonsson Community School, Uplift Education, and Educational First Steps.

EFS is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality and availability of early childhood education for economically disadvantaged children from birth to age 5. It also serves as a liaison between selected child care centers, preschools, and community resources in the areas of staff training, special programs administration, finances, and facilities. EFS is located at 2800 Swiss Avenue in Dallas. For more information, visit EducationalFirstSteps.org or call (214) 824-7940.