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Marbles celebrates reading with first literacy festival; starts Thursday

Posted January 31, 2018 2:50 p.m. EST
Updated July 13, 2018 3:19 p.m. EDT

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To celebrate literacy and reading, Marbles Kids Museum is launching Marbles Word Week on Thursday, its first-ever literacy festival. Special guests and activities are planned through Feb. 5.

The event will focus on hands-on play-based activities that are designed to help kids develop the skills they'll need to get ready to read, according to the museum. For the event, the downtown Raleigh museum's custom-made fort in its Read, Set, School! exhibit has a colorful "The Lorax" theme.

The Lorax-themed fort at Marbles

Thursday's activities include an 11:30 a.m. storytime with North Carolina First Lady Kristin Cooper. Letterland activities are planned from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. On Friday, among the activities, there's a meet and greet with UNC-TV's Read-A-Roo from 10 a.m. to noon.

Saturday includes Letterland activities from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and a 3 p.m., storytime, with Stough Elementary Principal and Wheel of Fortune winner Chris Cox. Monday includes Letterland activities from 10 a.m. to noon; a 10:30 a.m., storytime, with the Carolina Hurricanes Stormy & the Storm Squad; and an 11:30 a.m., storytime, with Carolina Ballet dancer Ashley Hathaway.

Books at Marbles Corner Store are 20 percent off during Word Week. The museum also is collecting new and gently used children's books for Wake Up and Read's annual book drive.

The activities are all free with admission, which is $7 per person. Marbles' website has more information.