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Read for the Record is Thursday

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This Thursday morning, more than a million readers worldwide are expected to team up to break a world record and to draw attention to the need for stronger early childhood education. And you can be a part of it, by joining them at the main branch of the Alameda Free Library.

At 10:30 a.m. Thursday, the library will host Read for the Record, which features a reading of Eric Carle’s classic “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” as part of an effort to break the world record for the number of people reading the same book on the same day.

Local schools may also do a reading as part of their media center time, and readings may also take place at the Woodstock Child Development Center and in local Head Start programs, said Josephine Corlett of Alameda Reads, the Island’s adult literacy program.

The event is sponsored by the Pearson Foundation and Jumpstart, which first put it on in 2006 to celebrate the joy of reading. In 2008 the group, which is working to advance early childhood education, beat its own world record by getting more than 700,000 people to read “Corduroy.”

The event is free and open to preschoolers and their parents and caregivers. A craft-making session and a presentation from staff at Crab Cove are also part of the two-hour event.

The library is at 1550 Oak Street. For more information, call 747-7705. Funding for library programs is made possible with the support of Friends of the Alameda Free Library.

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