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Libraries Launch Reading Campaign Focused on Fathers

Dad Up and ReadLincoln City Libraries (LCL) encourages fathers to read to their children at least 15 minutes a day as part of its “Dad Up and Read” campaign that runs now through December 15. No registration is required for two free November events:

Dads Do – Saturday, November 3, 10:30 a.m. to noon at three locations: Bennett Martin Public Library (136 S. 14th), Anderson Branch (3635 Touzalin) and Gere Branch (2400 S. 56th).

Fathers and their children are invited to play, create, learn and explore using the building and makerspace kits. The program includes snacks, special guest dads and a scavenger hunt for a chance to win a gift card.

Breakfast with Dad – Saturday, November 10, 10:30 a.m. to noon at two locations: Walt Branch (6701 S. 14th) and Eiseley Branch (1530 Superior)

Enjoy a cereal bar at the Walt Branch and the Waffleman at the Eiseley Branch. The event includes stories, crafts, a free drawing pad and crayons for each child, special guest dads and a scavenger hunt for a chance to win a gift card.

Vicki Wood, LCL Youth Services Coordinator, said a Harvard University study showed that children who are read to by their fathers are more likely to create imaginative discussion, resulting in positive cognitive and language development. “A cape and tights are not required for dads to be seen as heroes,” Wood said. “Lincoln dads participating in the ‘Dad Up and Read’ campaign will achieve hero status in 15 minutes a day simply by reading aloud to their children.”

Read Aloud LINCOLN: Read today. Succeed tomorrow. The Waffleman(TM)