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2012.04.04 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

UNO College of Education Celebrates 'Week of the Young Child'

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) College of Education is celebrating the Omaha Week of the Young Child with two special events featuring nationally recognized authors and illustrators.

The Week of the Young Child is a national event organized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children every year. This year, the Omaha event runs April 22 through April 27 and has the theme "Go Out and Read! Building a Bridge between Literacy and the World."

This year’s kickoff event, on Sunday, April 22, will feature Sherri Duskey Rinker, author of the New York Times best seller “Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site,” reading her book at the Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St. Rinker will also conduct a presentation at the Abrahams Branch Library, 5111 N. 90th St. from 3 to 4 p.m.

UNO will also be bringing Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw to Omaha from April 23 through April 27 to share her experiences as an author/illustrator with students from five different Omaha schools. A free lecture open to the public will be held on Wednesday, April 25 at 4:30 pm in the Roskens Hall Ideas Room, Room 412, on the UNO campus.

Kostecki-Shaw’s work, popular in schools due to its focus on diversity, has won several national awards.

The UNO College of Education supports these events through a community-engagement organization that includes The Omaha Family Literacy Partnership. Its goal is to work with local organizations to promote joyful reading among children and their families in the Omaha-Council Bluffs communities. This project is aslo generously supported by the Nebraska Arts Council, Carol Gendler and he Omaha Public Library.

For more information on these two events contact Susan McWilliams, asst. professor of teacher education, at smcwilliams@unomaha.edu or by phone at (402) 554.3457.

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