Kasper and Alec's Experience at the Reading Marathon Kickoff!

The KUED Kids Reading Marathon is such a fun way to get kids excited about reading and achieving their goals. There are so many community partners that contribute to this event, and although we didn’t get to participate in every activity that was offered, the boys had a wonderful experience.

The KUED Kids Annual Reading Marathon Kickoff party has been an event that we look forward to each November. Last year, my 7 year old son, Kasper, decided that he would invite his best friend to attend the 2018 celebration with him, and it did not disappoint!

Kasper and Alec had a blast with Clark Planetarium, transforming their arms into lasers, blasting debris and asteroids away from planet Earth.  The boys also got to become “Rookie” KUER reporters for the afternoon, and were able to make and decorate their own microphones out of paper and tinfoil.

In addition, the library had an activity where children could design and build their own spacecraft and then test their creations in the wind tunnel machine.  Both Kasper and Alec were dedicated engineers and were impressed with the flying ability of their contraptions! Ogden Nature Center brought reptiles, and the boys also got to fulfil a lifelong dream of holding a live snake.

The kids enjoyed having their pictures taken with their favorite PBS KIDS character backdrops (Arthur and Wild Kratts) where they got to act silly with the basket of props.  KUED also provided each child with a free book and a reading log to start their November reading challenge!

The kickoff party is now a tradition in our family, and we look forward to participating in this year’s challenge, and of course earning the highly anticipated KUED Kids Adventure Pass! And what kid doesn’t like to conclude a visit to the library with a serious game of chess on the life- sized chess board?

Contributed by Jessica, mom to one curious and enthusiastic young reader

The 27th KUED Kids Reading Marathon Kickoff Party is Saturday, November 2 from 9am-1pm at The Salt Lake City Public Library. The whole family will enjoy this FREE event featuring fun STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) and literacy activities celebrating reading. Meet Daniel Tiger, take a picture in the Sesame Street photo booth, pick up a reading log, and take home a free book.

The Reading Marathon encourages children to read 20 minutes each day during the month of November, then enter their minutes online to earn their Adventure Pass. Print your invitation to the party and learn more at kued.org/reading.

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