When schools closed in Loudoun County due to the coronavirus pandemic, officials with the Loudoun Literacy Council began to think of creative ways to continue their outreach to the children and adults they work with regularly.
On March 26, they rolled out a fun new way to promote reading: videos by some of Loudoun's most recognizable faces reading children's books on social media.
The first video is from Loudoun County Public Schools Public Information Officer Wayde Byard, who reads “10 Little Ladybugs.”
They are hoping to do many more with elected officials, school principals, librarians, musicians, teachers, firefighters and anyone else who would like to contribute a video.
Loudoun Literacy's Family Program Director Tanya Bosse said the nonprofit wanted to provide a fun and interesting way for kids to read while they are at home.
“We want to keep kids motivated to read. We plan to do it in different languages as well so it can be available to everyone,” she said.
Bosse said there are 100 children in the Headstart program and 300 in the STEP (Starting Toward Excellence in Preschool) program who could greatly benefit from continuing their progress in reading.
“We provide books throughout the year at family literacy parties, and we still want to reach those families with activities. We have to make up for this somehow, so we are trying to be creative,” she said.
To check out the videos -- or submit one of your own -- visit the Loudoun Literacy Council's Facebook page at facebook.com/loudounliteracy.