"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." - Dr Seuss, "I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!"
The sun was beaming, and so were more than 600 families, volunteers and helpers on June 7, when Project LEARN hosted its second annual Kids Summer BookFest, a celebration of Eastern Bank's BookNook and all things literacy, right in downtown Lowell at Eastern Bank.
The bank was bombarded inside and outside with a BookNook for dynamic community leaders who read a short children's book for story time.
There were also games, arts and crafts, heaping amounts of food, popcorn, candy, ice cream, face-painting, balloons, music, safety demonstration by Police and Fire Departments, and, of course, book distribution.
This carnival of fun was free and open to the public.
The BookFest kicked off with a big bang, with confetti shot from cannons by energetic Project LEARN Executive Director LZ Nunn and Thomas "Doc" Daugherty vice president/branch manager of Eastern Bank, with help from volunteers. Celebrity readers rallied around the BookNook waiting to read to the excited children. They included Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan; Susan Levine, CEO of Lowell Community Health Center; former Police Superintendent Kenneth Lavallee; Christa Brown from EforAll Sreypov Vary from the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association; and yours truly!
The mission of Project LEARN - Lowell Educational Alliance Resource Network - is to engage, enrich and inspire.