Saturday, December 17, 2011

Books and Bears Program

Encouraging Young Children To Read

On Wednesday, December 14th, and Friday, December 16th the Books and Bears program was held for young children approximately ages 4 and 5. Wednesday the program was held at the North Lauderhill Library. The Community relations crew from the Miami Dolphins attended as well as a good handful of Miami Dolphins wives and fiances. Friday at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center in Fort Lauderdale there was no Miami Dolphins community relations participation, but the Head Coaches wife Taneka and myself attended that event as well. Over all there were about 150 children on Wednesday and around 75 on Friday.

On both Wednesday and Friday the kids had a blast! There was someone in costume to entertain. They sang Christmas songs, and helped do magic tricks. Many laughs were had. Towards the end of the program we passed out juice and cookies, followed by bags that held a book and teddy bear for them to take home with them. They were very excited about their gifts and couldn't wait to tell me all about what was inside their bag.

The Miami Dolphins were the presenting sponsor of the Books and Bears program. The program is run by the Broward County Public Libraries. This program is meant to encourage young children to read and is held every December throughout Broward County Libraries.

Here are a few pictures from the events. These kiddos are so darn cute I just wanted to take them all home with me. I love this age. It is fun programs like these that make me miss teaching.


Mrs. Sandy Clause entertaining. The kids LOVED her!
(Photo Courtesy of Miami Dolphins)

Showing me his new book:)
(Photo Courtesy of Miami Dolphins)

Showing me their new books and bears. They each got a big smile when I showed excitement over the look of each of their bears.
(Photo Courtesy Miami Dolphins)

Listening to Mrs. Sandy Clause.
(Photo Courtesy Miami Dolphins)

"Doing Magic"
(Photo Courtesy Miami Dolphins)

Friday. Handing out bags. 
(Photo Courtesy-Steve Vinik - African-American Research Library and Cultural Center)

Talking about what to name their bears as we wait for their rides.
(Photo Courtesy-Steve Vinik - African-American Research Library and Cultural Center)

 Showing me what is in the bags! Look at all these cute little faces:)
(Photo Courtesy-Steve Vinik - African-American Research Library and Cultural Center

Chit Chatting - The little gal in the middle really can take charge of a conversation. Check out the smiley guy in the corner. Don't you just wanna hug him!
(Photo Courtesy-Steve Vinik - African-American Research Library and Cultural Center)

Describing what Dan has to do on the football field. 
(Photo Courtesy-Steve Vinik - African-American Research Library and Cultural Center)

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