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Program through county library offers books to help families bond

The Mohave County Library in Kingman wants family members to read books together.

Through May, the library will present a multi-generational book discussion and family activity program.

"The program is designed for a multi-generational family, such as a child, a parent and a grandparent, but the individuals don't have to be related," said Debbie Burnham-Kidwell, the coordinator of the project at the Kingman library.

Burnham-Kidwell encourages children, parents and grandparents to participate in the program.

Three popular children's books, including picture books, will be presented to the participants during each session, each title representing a book written during the childhood of a grandparent, parent and child.

"For example, if the book talks about someone baking cookies, maybe a family can bake cookies together, or a grandfather can go through an old trunk in the attic for clothes that children wear while performing in a play," she said.

Children can "borrow" family members and have them represent other generations for the activities, said Burnham-Kidwell.

The important thing is simply that they read.

Children ages 4 through 14 can participate.

After receiving the books, a family has several weeks to read through them and participate in family activities before returning to the library for the next activity session.

Books already distributed for the first session include "Caddie Woodlawn," written in the 1930s and appropriate for ages 10 though 12; "Song and Dance Man," written in the 1960s, and the recently written "A Gift for Abuelita" (abuelita is grandmother in Spanish).

"The idea is that family members who participate discuss the books," Burnham-Kidwell said.

"Books spark so many ideas.

They are not only fun to read, they spark your interest in other things."

Copies of all books included in the program will be given to families for their home libraries.

The next book session is from 1 p.m.

to 3 p.m.


Other sessions will be held from 1 to 3 p.m.

March 30 and 10 a.m.

to noon April 27.

There could be another session from 1 to 3 p.m.

May 18, Burnham-Kidwell said.

Participation is the program is limited to eight families.

Application forms, books and activity sheets are available at the Mohave County Library, 3269 N.

Burbank St.

The project co-sponsor is the Viburnum Family Literacy Foundation, an affiliate of the Library of Congress Center for the Book.

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