Santa Clarita Gears Up for 16th Annual Family Literacy Festival, "Take Me to Your Reader"

Santa Clarita Gears Up for 16th Annual Family Literacy Festival, "Take Me to Your Reader"Source: Facebook/Santa Clarita Public Library
Juliette Kessler
Published on November 21, 2023

The 16th annual Family Literacy Festival in Santa Clarita, themed "Take Me to Your Reader," is all set for December 2 at the Old Town Newhall Library Branch. With a myriad of activities targeted at children and adults, the event is centered on promoting literacy within the community.

The festival, according to a post by City Manager Ken Striplin on the city's official website, promises to feature over 15 local vendors. Through a range of giveaways, books, and special prizes, the event seeks to stimulate reading and family engagement. Interactive photo booths and interesting storytelling sessions by City Council members are also to be among the highlights.

Guests can also expect to encounter a variety of performances. This includes a show of African and Latin American music, a magician display, and a talk by a NASA Solar System Ambassador. The goal of all these activities is to provoke curiosity and foster learning, all while integrating an enthralling sense of adventure.

Children would be treated to the sight of their favorite characters, from Pete the Cat and the Very Hungry Caterpillar, to Piggy and Elephant. These characters would wander around through the day, adding an extra layer of delight for the young attendees as they navigated the festival.

Several eye-catching crafting activities are lined up, enabling young minds to engage in hands-on learning. Participants will have the opportunity to make everything from spaceships and planet night lights to sculptable aliens and stained glass art. An additional moon rock toss game is sure to quickly invoke the galactic motif while promoting hand-eye coordination in a fun and exciting manner.

Featured prominently on the festival's lineup is the Library's Wonder Wheels attraction. Here, children and adults alike can explore the interiors of vehicles like a fire engine, a CHP cruiser, and even a Burrtec trash truck. This multi-faceted experience is intended to offer attendees a deeper understanding of community vehicles and a memorable festival experience.

Emphasizing family involvement in literacy and learning, the Family Literacy Festival befits the famous saying of Dr. Seuss: "The more than you read, the more things you will know." The event is expected to draw in locals with its enticing theme, offering them an opportunity to indulge in reading, exploration, and quality family time.

For more particulars about the Santa Clarita Public Library's 16th annual Family Literacy Festival or knowing how you can be a part of the event, visit SantaClaritaLibrary.com or reach out at (661) 259-0750.