On Saturday, November 7, from 10:00am to 4:00pm, The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, in partnership with the Palm Beach County Library System, will host the 12th annual “Families Reading Together” initiative.
With the aim of promoting children’s literacy and encouraging parental involvement in their child’s educational development, each year the Library System offers programming coinciding with a particular book distributed to and read by children and parents together. This year’s selection, Up, Down, and Around by Katherine Ayers and illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott, depicts the journey of growing plants, vegetables and gardening.
All children presenting a valid library card from any library in Palm Beach County will receive free admission to the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens for themselves and one accompanying adult to experience a day filled with reading fun for all. Newcomers to the Library System can register for a library card at the Bookmobile “library-on-wheels,” which will be stationed at the entrance of the museum throughout the day.
The day’s festivities will include a meet-n-greet with Dewey the Library Owl, several performances of the Pumpkin Patty Show, Kamishibai Japanese Storytelling at the Yamato-kan, craft activities, a garden scavenger hunt and free book giveaways. Visitors will also have the opportunity to get their name written in Japanese on their very own bookmark.
Morikami will also offer $5 off a $25 Museum Store purchase and a specially priced children’s menu at the Cornell Café for “Families Reading Together” participants on this day.