Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida

The Florida Department of Education will recognize Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! with a number of events planned for the week of Monday, Jan. 24, through Friday, Jan. 28. These events are intended to raise awareness of the literacy programs offered by the Department and its partners, and to promote the enjoyment of reading for children and adults of all ages.

The week-long celebration kicks-off on Monday night at 6:00 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble Booksellers in West Kendall/Miami. Florida author Edward Bloor will be onsite to talk about his work and sign copies of his latest release, “Taken” (640L). Bloor has written four other books for teenagers—including the award-winning “Tangerine (680L)—all of which have Lexile measures and are available on the “Find a Book, Florida” site. 

Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!is a collaborative effort between MetaMetrics, Barnes & Noble, the Florida Education Foundation and the Florida Department of Education. According to Florida Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith, “We are very excited to be able to kick off Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!with such a huge, multi-dimensional partnership. The attendance of Mr. Bloor and the generosity of our partners make this a perfect opportunity to create a renewed focus on student literacy in 2011.”

During Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!, all Florida students are eligible to enter a statewide raffle for one of 20 Barnes & Noble gift cards. To enter, students must bring a completed entry form, which is available on the “Find a Book, Florida” site, and a printout of their “Find a Book” reading list to any Florida Barnes & Noble store. Winners will be selected and notified by the Florida Education Foundation after Jan. 31.

“We are thrilled to be part of this important initiative that encourages all students to extend reading beyond school and into their daily lives,” said MetaMetrics President Malbert Smith III, Ph.D. “With our free ‘Find a Book’ search tool, students can strengthen their reading skills—and develop a greater love of reading—by selecting titles they want and should be able to read.”

The Florida Department of Education relaunched the “Find a Book, Florida” resource in September 2010 to support year-round reading. The free search tool allows students to locate new and intriguing books tailored to their own reading interests. Thousands of fiction and nonfiction titles are available through “Find a Book, Florida,”which helps to match a book’s text complexity with a student’s reading ability using Lexile measures.

For more information, visit www.barnesandnoble.com (under Stores & Events), http://florida.lexile.com, www.floridaeducationfoundation.org or www.justreadflorida.com/literacyweek.asp.

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