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PBS Reno Participates in Nevada Reading Week


PBS Reno staff who proudly participated in Nevada Reading Week

RENO, NV (MAR 14, 2024)PBS Reno staff proudly participated in Nevada Reading Week, which took place March 4 – 8, 2024, by visiting numerous local elementary schools and reading to hundreds of students in the Washoe County School District.

Nevada Reading Week is an annual statewide event that uses a variety of methods, from read-alouds to book and author studies and more, to encourage and excite students in Pre-K through 12th grade about the joy of reading. The 2024 theme was Embrace the Magic of Reading.

“PBS Reno staff members were excited to be part of Nevada Reading Week 2024,” said Nancy Maldonado, PBS Reno Vice President of Education. “They offered time from their workday to be Volunteer Readers to complement the efforts offered by the Nevada Department of Education and the Washoe County School District. Each of our Volunteer Readers came back to the office with smiles on their faces and comments about how much fun they had reading and interacting with the students. Many of the schools also commented about how much they enjoyed having volunteer readers and said we could come back again.” 

Twelve PBS Reno staff members from the Education, Administration, Content, and Development departments – including PBS Reno President and CEO, Kurt Mische – visited Lemelson STEM Academy, Mamie Towles, Huffaker, Kate Smith, Lena Juniper, Lois Allen, Rita Cannan, and Virginia Palmer Elementary Schools with invigorating titles including, We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins; Goldie Socks and the Three Libearians by Jackie Mims Hopkins; and Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick. 

“Nevada Reading Week is a special celebration that inspires and instills the joy and importance of reading among students, educators, and communities throughout the state,” said Mandy Leytham and Mark Rincon, Co-Chairs of Nevada Reading Week. “This week serves as a reminder to all Nevadans that the world of literature is a gateway to knowledge, imagination, and endless possibilities. Reading is not just a skill; it's a journey that lasts a lifetime. We are grateful to all those who celebrated reading and helped to make Nevada Reading Week a memorable experience for all students.”

PBS Reno would like to thank its partners at Spread the Word Nevada, Washoe County School District, Washoe County Library System, Assistance League of Reno-Sparks, the City of Reno Parks and Recreation, and United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra for organizing the Volunteer Readers for Reading Week in the Washoe County School District.


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About Nevada Reading Week

For more than forty years, Nevada Reading Week has been celebrated across the entire state - from small rural communities to larger urban areas. Activities often include book studies, author studies, literary readings by renowned authors, book fairs, and family literacy events. The stewards of Nevada Reading Week include Pre-K-12 school librarians, educators, the Nevada Department of Education, the Nevada State Library, public libraries, community leaders, students and their families. Nevada Reading Week serves to promote a life-long love of reading. From students in Pre-Kindergarten listening attentively on a circle rug to their teacher’s riveting read-aloud to high school seniors engaging in rigorous discussions about a novel, the joy of reading is evident. Each school year begins with the selection of a specific theme that often reflects the spirit of the times. Once the theme is announced, it serves as a vehicle for leading a year-long campaign that culminates in the final celebration during the first week of March.

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