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AEYC would like to extend a big thank you to all of our presenters and families who attended this year's Preschool Family Nights. More than 800 preschoolers and their families enjoyed nights of learning and exploring different activities together at the downtown library on the first Tuesday of each month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. These free events are sponsored by Friends of the Juneau Public Libraries, Association for the Education of Young Children, thread, Best Beginnings, Communities In Schools and the Douglas Dornan Foundation.
Through hands-on experiences, reading, and talking together, children learn about a wide range of topics from wild Alaskan animals to riding the ferry. This year's speakers include Kathy Fanning, Sue Sloss, Claire Fordyce, and Jeff Jordan ("Australia"), Rich Matson of DIPAC and Andy Fergeson ("Under the Sea"), Bob Schanker of Carpenters Local 2247 and Lynn Kirkaham with Coogan Construction, along with Rich Lyon of Wilson Engineering ("Bob the Builder"), Suzi and Jim Fowler ("Family Stories"), Riley Woodford of Department of Fish and Game ("Wild Alaskan Baby Animals"), Mark Piotrowski of US Postal Service ("Mail me a Letter"), Wayne Carne of Alaska Marine Highway ("Riding the Ferry"), Nancy Lehnhart and Joy Lyon ("Spring Chicken") and Elias Antaya, Max Blust and Robert Newman of the "Alaska Travelers" ("Tickle your Funny Bone").
Thanks also to volunteer Lori Brotherton representing Friends of the Juneau Public Libraries, to the Juneau Public library staff Sandra Strandtmann, MJ Grande and Carol Race, and to all the librarians and regular patrons for their patience with the sometimes exuberant noise levels. Family Nights will continue to be hosted through the summer by the Juneau Public Library at the Valley location on the first Tuesday of the month from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
For more information about these free events, contact the Library at 586-5249 or AEYC at 789-1235.
Special projects coordinator, AEYC