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Jacque Smith, Director of Public Relations

Oct. 14, 2005

First Book-Union College hosts young readers on campus for story rhymes

LINCOLN—First Book-Union College will host children at “Special Times and Story Rhymes With Princess Poetrina,” on Sunday, Oct. 23, from 3 to 5 p.m. The event is part of Make-A-Difference Day, and will be held in Woods Auditorium on the Union College campus, located at 3800 South 48th Street (enter campus from Bancroft Avenue). Invitations have been shared with Lincoln public elementary schools and daycare programs that serve a high percentage of underprivileged children.
        According to First Book, a national non-profit organization that has distributed more than 20 million new books to disadvantaged children nationwide, 61 percent of low-income families have no books at all for their children. Eighty percent of low-income childcare centers lack age-appropriate books and other printed materials. First Book-Union College Advisory Board, steered by education students and faculty, has a single mission: to give children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books.
        To create an opportunity for children to encounter literature, First Book-Union College has invited children, through their school or daycare organization, and their parents to a performance by Princess Poetrina, a character created by Mary Schwartzkopf, a local story reader and favorite of children throughout the Lincoln community. Princess Poetrina will read poetry by Bruce Lansky, dubbed “the king of giggle poetry.” Following the performance, each child will receive a Bruce Lansky poetry book.
        In addition to the story time event, the community can learn more about the First Book-Union College efforts from student volunteers at an information booth located South Pointe Mall from 1-5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 23. Donations to further the work of First Book-Union College in Lincoln will be accepted. (Monetary gifts only please—not books.)
        In the last two years, students and faculty of the First Book-Union College Advisory Board have raised monies to purchase more than 5,000 books for children in the Lincoln community. Some of the books have been used in before- and after-school programs, as well as for disadvantaged children in local daycares and community centers.