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Kid and Family Friendly book- and author-related events and activities in & around the Berkshires, Berkshire County, Western Massachusetts

Happy Read Across America Day: Tips for raising a reader

It’s Read Across America Day with celebrations throughout the county, and to celebrate Berkshire Family Focus has a few tips courtesy of the National Education Association for raising a reader. Set a good example as a reader — let kids see you reading every day. Get a subscription to an age-appropriate magazine for your child(…)

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Berkshire Family Focus and the Mount to host Kid Lit Night in Lenox Aug. 8

Berkshire Family Focus and the Mount to host Kid Lit Night in Lenox Aug. 8

LENOX — For those of you who regularly follow Berkshire Family Focus, you probably know one of the goals of this site is to introduce families living in and visiting the Berkshires to new activities and venues in the region that they may not have thought of as kid-friendly. One such venue is The Mount,(…)

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Aug. 8 Kid Lit at The Mount Schedule of Activities

Aug. 8 Kid Lit at The Mount Schedule of Activities

LENOX — Berkshire Family Focus and The Mount will co-host a Kid Lit Night at The Mount Thursday, Aug. 8, from 5 to 8 p.m. The evening will feature reading by local children and young adult authors, signings, books for purchase, a Chicka-Chicka Boom Boom StoryWalk courtesy of South Berkshire Kids and more. A complete(…)

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Things to Do with Kids at the Mount this summer — there are plenty of events and activities, and many are free

Things to Do with Kids at the Mount this summer — there are plenty of events and activities, and many are free

LENOX — Yesterday I stopped by The Mount — the former summer home of famed author Edith Wharton — to learn about all this family-friendly Berkshire MA venue has in store for families this summer — and boy are we all in for a surprise. From its free Community Day scheduled for this Sunday, June(…)

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney stops by the Saratoga (N.Y.) Arts Fest —a trip worth taking

SARATOGA, N.Y. — If you’ve got kids in elementary school chances are you’ve heard of Jeff Kinney — author of the bestselling “Diary of A Wimpy Kid” series, and on Wednesday, June 5, at 6:30 p.m. he is stopping by the Saratoga Arts Fest courtesy of one of our favorite “Just Outside the Berkshires” locations(…)

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Free workshop and book to help parents raise reading-ready kids offered at Berkshire County Head Start

PITTSFIELD — Berkshire County parents and educators can never get enough support around enhancing children’s early literacy skills, and once again Berkshire County Head Start is offering a free workshops for parents, grandparents and volunteers alike with the authors of “The Practical Guide For Reading Aloud To Children During Their First Five Years,” Susan Marx(…)

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Free ‘Every Child Ready’ to Read programs set to take place in Pittsfield and Great Barrington

PITTSFIELD — A series of early literacy workshops, Every Child Ready to Read, will be held at the Berkshire Athenaeum (Pittsfield’s Public Library) and the Mason Library in Great Barrington for families with children birth to age 5. The workshops are presented by Wee Read, the Pittsfield Coordinated Family and Community Engagement grant and supported(…)

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StoryWalks and Wee Read Berkshire County celebrates literacy during April School Break in the Berkshires

StoryWalks and Wee Read Berkshire County celebrates literacy during April School Break in the Berkshires

THE BERKSHIRES —  Each year in the National Association for the Education of Young Children celebrates the Week of the Young Child in April, and so too does Berkshire County. This year the Berkshire Compact for Education will collaborate with early childhood providers and libraries of Berkshire County, as well as the Berkshire United Way’s(…)

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Wee Read Berkshire County 2013 Schedule of Events

Wee Read Berkshire County 2013 Schedule of Events

Central Berkshire Regional School District StoryWalks: StoryWalks on display throughout the month of April at Becket Washington Elementary in Becket, Berkshire Trail Elementary in Cummington, Kittredge Elementary in Hinsdale and the Dalton CRA, Main Street, Dalton. Monday, April 15, 10 a.m. Berkshire Botanical Garden StoryWalk, includes story time and crafts/ Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge. April 17, 10-11:30 a.m.(…)

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