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Sensory Table FunThis year’s Book Party in the Park was a success! With the generous support of the Anchorage community, over 6,000 gently used and new children’s books were donated for the event. The Book Party attracted over 600 people from around Anchorage and we distributed nearly 4,000 books to around 400 children attending the event.

Families and children enjoyed face-painting, decorating book marks, visiting the Kaleidoscape’s sensory tables, using their creativity skills at the instrument petting zoo, listening to story-time, as well as having free lunches and ice-cream!

For the third consecutive year, thread also partnered with the Alaska Injury Prevention Center (AIPC). AIPC provided free car seat checks and a limited number of discounted car seats to many families at the Book Party.

A major goal of thread’s Annual Book Party in the Park is about bringing together families, community organizations, volunteers and businesses to promote early learning and early literacy. We accomplished this through the Book Party in the Park by successfully:

  • Outreaching to families about the significance of learning to read. Each child attending the event could choose up to five, free new or gently used books to take home with them. During the last half hour, attendees were given the opportunity to select more books from the distribution area to bring home. The donated books are sorted by age and displayed on tables and in bins and distributed underneath a main tent at the event. In partnership with the Children’s Meal Mission, we also distributed 500 meals.Plenty of books for distribution
  • Encouraging Anchorage families to continue to participate in literacy programs, like community book drives and other local literacy events. The Anchorage Municipal Libraries partnered once again with thread at the event, providing materials, information and story-time to Book Party attendees. Operation Military Kids joined us this year with a reading of The Invisible String as well as a craft that went with the story. Imagination Library had volunteers on hand and registered 24 new families with an immediate delivery of The Little Engine that Could.  Parent volunteers also signed up to help with the program in the future.
  • Partnering with business leaders, increasing their engagement and support in early education programs and events. This year, along with Anchorage residents, thread’s business partners donated over 6,000 children’s books for the Book Party.  Fred Meyer stores, Credit Union 1, Anchorage Legislative office, JBER Library and a few Girl Scout Troops participated in either employee and/or public book drives leading up to the event.  Title Wave Books contributed books for the event along with gift certificates for door prizes.  Putter’s Wild and H2Oasis also supplied door prizes for our event.
  • Sharing with decision-makers the value of literacy programs and the impact early learning has on a child’s success in life. We value your leadership and efforts over the past 7 years as we have partnered to outreach about the value of early literacy to a child’s success in school and in life.

The 7th Annual Book Party in the Park was promoted during radio interviews with Alaska Integrated Media radio stations, a short segment on KTUU in July about the event and book drive, in thread’s website announcements, email newsletters to early educators and families, online at the Anchorage Daily News, in social media efforts including thread’s Facebook updates and in printed signs and fliers promoting the event.

thread thanks all of our sponsors, vendors and volunteers for their committed efforts toward promoting quality early care and education in Alaska. Investments in quality early learning programs by community leaders are critical to the success of improving and expanding these services to children and families.

 

 

 

Book Party in the Park CollageMore photos can be found here.

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