Library of Parliament Hosts Kiwanis Read-a-thon Reading

Over 100 Kiwanis Club of Ottawa Read-a-thon participants gathered in the Library of Parliament on June 6 to hear from – and to be honoured by – one of Canada’s leading authors of children’s books. J. Fitzgerald McCurdy, the Ottawa-based author of the international best selling Serpent's Egg Trilogy, a heart pounding fantasy series set in Ottawa, Parliament Hill and the Library of Parliament, read from one of her books as part of a ceremony honouring the Kiwanis Read-a-thon and participating students. Fittingly, Ms. McCurdy's fictional heroine, Miranda, navigates the caves and tunnels under the Library to enter a fantastic netherworld inhabited by strange and wondrous creatures.

A small selection of photos can be found here, with a more complete set here. The Kiwanis Read-a-thon challenges students from Kindergarten to Grade 8 to read more books, at home and at school. Children discover the joy of reading and parents and teachers are thrilled with the pronounced increase in literacy skills. Read-a-thon is a non-competitive literacy program that can be done at any time throughout the school year. Several schools have both a fall and spring Read-a-thon.

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