(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- With National Library Week underway, Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan helped children in her district understand the importance of reading. On Thursday, April 14, 2011, Commissioner Jordan read two books - If You See a Kitten by John Butler and Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn - to children from various day care centers near the Opa-locka Branch Library. The commissioner also sang songs with the children, like "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" and "B.I.N.G.O."
Since 1958, libraries around the nation have celebrated National Library Week as a way to commemorate the contributions of the nation's libraries and librarians. During this time, the Miami-Dade County Public Library System and public officials recognize the value of libraries in providing educational, recreational and cultural opportunities to people of all ages. This year's theme, "Create Your Own Story at the Library," was observed April 10 -16, but the Miami-Dade Public Library System expanded it to a two week-long celebration.
"National Library Week is a great time to show kids the importance of reading and remind them how fun it can be," said Commissioner Jordan.
Photo caption: Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan at the Opa-locka Branch Library with children from neighboring daycares.
(Photo credit: Miami-Dade County)