Mayor Alcombright reads to children for "Wee Read" Program


By John Durkan
iBerkshires Staff

Mayor Richard Alcombright read to children at the Haskins Center on Thursday afternoon as part of the Wee Read Berkshire County initiative. For more photos, see the slideshow.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. - Mayor Richard Alcombright joined in on the Wee Read Berkshire County initiative by reading to young children and participating in a sing-along at the Haskins Center on Thursday afternoon.

"We love it, he does a wonderful job," said Amy Hall, Family Resource Center program director. "He always does a really nice job with the kids. And the kids love having him and the parents love having him."
The initiative, which is on its third year, exposes young children to literacy throughout the county. Berkshire Compact and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts spearhead the program that runs during the month of National Library Week, which is April 14-20.
"It's a wonderful program," Alcombright said. "It exposes our kids at their youngest levels to the fun in reading. I don't know if at that level they understand the real relevance but they hopefully have fun reading and enjoy it enough to continue that with their parents at home. I'm just happy to be a part of it."
About 20 children and attended the play and learn group. Alcombright read "Flower Garden" by Eve Bunting and then sang the alphabet song and the interactive fire truck song. 
Hall said play and learn groups are conducted eight times a week throughout Northern Berkshire. The ones throughout this month are special because of the initiative. Since March 30 until April 27, there are 17 different events in which every child receives his or her own copy of "The Tiny Seed" by Eric Carle. The program will distribute a total of 1,500 copies throughout the month. In addition, certain reading groups feature a guest reader.

About 20 children and their parents attended the play and learn group.

The initiative will offer a StoryWalk program throughout the county, which will feature book pages on display at popular walking routes or inside buildings where families can read as they go. They can be found at:
  • Downtown North Adams
  • Downtown Williamstown
  • Downtown Adams
  • Downtown Lenox
  • Downtown Great Barrington
  • Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge
  • Berkshire Mall
  • Becket Washington School
  • Berkshire Trail Elementary School
  • Craneville School
  • Kittredge School
Berkshire Compact program director Mary Nash said Wee Read links in with the Berkshire County Goes to School program by focusing on education as early as possible.
For a complete listing of Wee Read events, click here.