School Library Media Month culminates Saturday, April 22, with 1,800 fifth-grade students from Utah's private and public schools in 21 districts meeting at Deseret Book locations statewide to read more than 1,000 books in less than two hours.
Select students from the Alpine, Box Elder, Cache, Davis, Emery, Granite, Iron, Jordan, Juab, Kane, Murray, Nebo, North Summit, Ogden, Provo, Salt Lake, South Summit, Tooele, Uintah, Washington and Weber school districts will participate.Mary Downing Hahn, author of "Time for Andrew," is scheduled to appear at the ZCMI Center Deseret Book at 10 a.m. Her book "The Dead Man in Indian Creek" won the Utah Children's Book Award in 1993. Another of Hahn's works, "Wait Till Helen Comes" won the award in 1988. Hahn's books will be used for the reading event.
On Friday, April 21, Hahn will read at the Ogden Children's Museum and sign books at Deseret Book in Ogden from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
She will also sign books at the Deseret Book location at Fort Union from 2:30 to 4 p.m. April 21.
Following the "Day of a Thousand Books" reading event April 22, Hahn will sign books at the ZCMI Center from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.; Cottonwood Mall from 2 to 4 p.m. and University Mall from 6 to 8 p.m.
Deseret Book, through the LDS Foundation, has donated more than $250,000 for the purchase of children's books and reference works for every elementary school in the state during the past five years.
"Day of a Thousand Books" kicks off a 1995 Hook-A-Book program sponsored by the Deseret News, the Utah State Office of Education, Deseret Book and KSL.
The program also includes Month of a Thousand Books donation program, which ends April 29, the Hook-A-Book Summer Reading Program at Deseret Book and year-round in school Birthday Book program.