International Literacy Day, first celebrated in 1966, is a day “to celebrate the power of literacy around the world.” It is celebrated on September 8. This year the International Reading Association has partnered with NASA to help students “Lift Off to Literacy.” You can sign up to receive a free kit of “creative, cross-curricular ideas” to help you “engage your students in an extra 60 seconds of literacy activities.” You could also win a prize from NASA! The kit is available for preschoolers through adults, so you can request whichever kit would be most suitable for your patrons. You can also print a poster to advertise International Literacy Day.
NASA has developed many other resources for educators. The Lunar and Planetary Institute, which we’ve blogged about previously, also has resources you can use to incorporate space programming at your library.
Do you plan to participate in International Literacy Day? What kind of activities do you use to encourage literacy in your library? Share them in the comments!