United Way Reading Festival Offers Free Books, Kids’ Activities

MANKATO—United Way is partnering with local organizations to promote literacy and celebrate reading during its third annual Reading Festival from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, November 12 at the Mankato YMCA Blue Gym.


The United Way Reading Festival is sponsored by Capstone, which is donating books for children at the event.


Besides free books, this expo-style event includes activities for Pre-K through 3rd grade, literacy-related information for parents, free healthy snacks provided by Mankato Clinic, literacy kits provided by Profinium, and booths hosted by local organizations such as YMCA, YWCA, Open Door Health Center, Mankato Clinic, Mayo Clinic, Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota and Greater Mankato Diversity Council.


Reading at an early age has been proven to be essential to future success, from building problem-solving skills to increasing school readiness.


“The Reading Festival provides children and families with fun, interactive ways to experience literacy together,” said United Way CEO Barb Kaus. “It’s a wonderful example of collaboration between businesses, service providers and community members who are dedicated to ensuring a bright future for our region’s children.”


This event is free and open to the public. Recommended for ages 2 to 8, but all children are welcome to attend. An estimated 400 people attended last year’s event.


--November 2, 2016