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  • Staff photo by BOB HAMMERSTROM


    Six-year-old Emily King, left, and her sister Ellie, 5, pick out books with their mother, Lisa during Literacy Day Saturday, April 14, 2012, at Nashua High School North.
  • Staff photo by BOB HAMMERSTROM


    Seven-year-old Sara Alvarado and her friend, Miguel Castillo, 8, were curious about a Sulcato tortoise resting in the hall during Literacy Day Saturday, April 14, 2012, at Nashua High School North. The tortoise was brought in, along with other animals, by The W.I.L.D. Center and Zoological Park of New England.
  • Staff photo by BOB HAMMERSTROM


    Youngsters play with LEGO during Literacy Day Saturday, April 14, 2012, at Nashua High School North.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Literacy event distributes thousands of books to city families, emphasized reading

NASHUA – Nearly 8,000 books were given out to Nashua families this weekend at Saturday’s Literacy Day at Nashua High School North

This was the fifth Literacy Day in New Hampshire to promote reading and writing, but the first for Nashua.

The events were held in collaboration with the Granite State Reading Council, which is part of the International Reading Association.

While it was Nashua’s first turn, the goal is to continue the event each year as an annual celebration of reading.

Many local businesses and organizations appeared at the Literacy Day event as well, including: Squam Lakes Science Center, Nashua Fire and Police Departments, LegoYourMind, Nashua Silver Knights, and Nashua Public Library.

North Principal David Ryan said the day was aimed at emphasizing the importance of reading and to promote books.

“Literacy Day is important and symbolic,” Ryan said in an e-mail. “It helps bring to the forefront the importance of literacy skills in our children. It also is important to recognize that the new Common Core Standards are built on literacy skill development through all of the content areas.”