KUED kicks off the 20th anniversary of the Reading Marathon at two special events around The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas!, a new hour-long PBS special airing several times this month.
Children and families can Go-Go-GO to a Winter Wonderland Adventure with the Cat in the Hat, who will be at the Viridian Library in West Jordan on Friday, November 9 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. and at the Salt Lake City Library on Saturday, November 10 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
These family events, in partnership with the Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County libraries, will help kids learn about winter animals and their environments through LEAP Into Science hands-on activities. Kids will learn about hibernation by making a “Groundhog in a Cup.” To learn about balance they’ll create an Arctic Tern (a seabird) to balance on their hands. To explore reflection and light, they will study their reflections in both ice and water.
Utah’s Hogle Zoo will bring winter animals including a chinchilla and a great horned owl to The City Library event. The zoo also will bring animal artifacts such as pelts, claws and skulls to showcase winter adaptations. Intermountain Therapy Animals will bring dogs to the Viridian Library event so that children can read Cat in the Hat books to them.
After the hands-on activities, children and families are invited to a screening of The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas! followed by a story time related to arctic animals. Children’s books related to hibernation and arctic animals will be on exhibit. In addition, each child attending will receive a book to take home, a reading log and a bookmark for the 20th Anniversary Reading Marathon.
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