Art of Literacy Event

Tuesday, May 19, 9:00AM

Murfreesboro, Ten. – Kids of all ages are invited to the Art of Literacy event at The Avenue® Murfreesboro, which will be held from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 4, 2009, in the Camp Avenue children’s park. Engaging activities and giveaways will abound during this celebration of reading and storytelling, which also will include a dedication of a plaque memorializing Camp Avenue’s mosaic public art project. 

This event, sponsored by Barnes & Noble and Best Buy and held on Aesop’s birthday, celebrates the magic of stories and books. Leslie Roberts, the local mosaic artist who brought Aesop’s fables to life at the Avenue Murfreesboro with the help of five local high schools, will cut the ribbon for the memorial plaque. Dr. Jan Hayes, an award- winning professor emeritus at Middle Tennessee State University, will read from her children’s book, The Split Tongue Sparrow. The Linebough Library’s Bookmobile and BoroTellers, who will direct a storytelling workshop, also will be on hand. 

“The Aesop-themed mosaic art project was the catalyst for our focus on literacy in Camp Avenue. We hope to help instill a love of books in children and to encourage them to share the joy of reading and storytelling with others,” said Angie Carter, general manager of The Avenue Murfreesboro. “We’re excited to bring this event to the community and are planning many more ‘Art of Literacy’-themed activities throughout the summer.” 

Children attending the event will receive a mosaic bookmark craft, activity sheet and the chance to win great prizes from Barnes & Noble and Best Buy. As with other Camp Avenue events, children and their parents are encouraged to bring a slightly used or new book or monetary donation to benefit Read To Succeed’s literacy initiatives. 

For more information about how you can contribute to Read To Succeed or for details on the event, please visit the Camp Avenue website at