Storybook Street for Kids heads to South County on September 18

The Early Learning Coalition is partnering with local arts and culture organizations to offer a free, family-friendly book drive-through on September 18 at CoolToday Park.

New place, new book titles, same literacy initiative. Following the success of Sarasota’s Storybook Street in April, the book-themed Wonderland is heading to CoolToday Park in North Port on September 18.

The Sarasota County Early Learning Coalition will once again team up with local arts and culture organizations to bring children’s books to life with a free drive-through book for families from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The event is ideal for children up to 7 years old. It will feature dance, theater, art, music, movement and more. Each family will receive 18 new children’s books and a goody bag to help foster an early love of reading.

Storybook Street partners with Sarasota’s premier arts community to showcase the talents of artists from the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota Orchestra, Circus Arts Conservatory, Florida Studio Theater, Venice Theater, Ringling College, Ringling Program Museum ROAR, the Venice Symphony, and the Sarasota Irish Dance Academy.

The Sarasota County Community Foundation is also a partner and collaborators include Sarasota County Libraries, the Siesta Key Kiwanis Club, and the Pi Beta Phi Sarasota-Manatee Alumnae Club.

Children are encouraged to dress up as their favorite storybook character. The Ringling College Royals will bring some of these favorite characters to life, meeting and greeting children as they wait in the queue of cars.

All families must stay in their car for the duration of the event. No registration is required.

The Sarasota County Early Learning Coalition prepares infants, toddlers and preschoolers for lifelong success through access to quality early learning programs. ELC serves more than 4,000 children and 175 child care providers each year and operates the local integrated early childhood care and education system in Sarasota County. The aim is to give young learners a full and rewarding childcare experience and an early leap in literacy.

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Submitted by Ana McClendon

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