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Rebecca Tighe had 300 children in the palm of her hand.
Tighe was one of nine readers in the Come Read With Me event sponsored by Smart Start and the Wilson County Partnership for Children on Friday.
The event is held annually at the Wilson County Agricultural Center.
Tighe read “Sing Sophie” by Dayle Ann Dodds.
She brought the book to life with song and movement trying to get the kids to see that it’s fun to read.
“If you can learn to read, you can teach yourself to do anything,” Tighe said.
She should know, she is the popular children’s librarian at the Wilson County Public Library.
According to Shalonda Holley, child care resource and referral coordinator for Wilson County Partnership for Children, the event is held each year right around the birthday of author Theodor Geisel.
“It is held around Dr. Seuss’s birthday to help kids and their families understand how important literacy is and having books around in their homes,” Holley said.
Some 10 child care centers in Wilson County took children age 3 and above to the event.
“At this age it’s important because if they don’t have the basic foundation of literacy, then academically, they struggle throughout school,” Holley said. “We just try to make sure that we put those books in the home because sometimes parents have to decide between buying a high quality book or putting food on the table.”
“I love coming to this event because I get to see the kids and see the smiles on their faces,” Holley said.
Ben Huston with Wilson Fire/Rescue Services read “Cooking with the Cat” by Bonnie Worth and Christopher Moroney.
“I am participating because I know a lot of these kids can find inspiration from official figures,” Huston said.
“The reason it’s important for kids to learn to read at this age is it’s the key that opens their whole life. Literacy is No. 1 in every aspect of education.”