Friday, April 7th, 2017 @ 7PM

As an author, teacher and more importantly as a mom, I know firsthand the importance of reading. Not only how the world of words can change a life, but how the world of words can give life. Help me celebrate 'Oregon Reads Aloud' on Friday evening, April 7 at 7 PM at The Book Bin in Salem.

We will help Start Making a Reader Today (SMART) celebrate 25 years of providing reading support and books to Oregon children. This is a milestone worth celebrating. Since 1992, SMART has connected more than 118,000 community volunteers with over 188,000 students across Oregon for one-on-one reading support, and given children 2.4 million books to take home and keep.

In the true spirit of this celebration the book, "Oregon Reads Aloud" will be shared - aloud! This book is a compilation of 25 read-aloud stories written and illustrated by Oregon authors and illustrators. Both the campaign and the book aim to bring attention to the importance of reading engagement and motivation in a child's literacy development, and to SMART's work inspiring lifelong readers and learners. I am fortunate to be joined by Heidi Schutz, also a contributor, and I hope that you too will join us!

What: "Oregon Reads Aloud," 25 read-aloud stories shared by contributors Heidi Schutz and Gina Ochsner

When: Friday, April 7, 2017 @ 7 PM

Where: The Book Bin, 450 Court St NE, Salem 97301

This event is free and open to the public.