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Celebrate Martha Speaks with WTVP and Lakeview Branch Library

Monday, October 20th, 2008



Peoria, IL — Celebrate Martha Speaks, the new PBS Kids show based on the acclaimed books by Susan Meddaugh, during a special family event at the Lakeview Branch Library, The event, Saturday, November 8 from 1-2:30 p.m,, will feature fun activities geared towards Pre-K-4th graders—and a visit from Martha herself in the form of a walk-about character. The event is free, but registration is required. Call Lakeview Library to sign up, (309) 497-2200.

Martha Speaks tells the humorous adventures of a lovable family dog who acquires the ability to speak when she eats alphabet soup. This event builds on Martha’s love of words with dog-and-alphabet themed games, crafts, contests, refreshments and prizes. Guests can also sample both Martha’s books and television programs. Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras to take pictures of their children with the Martha walk-about character.

The Martha Speaks Celebration will follow and build upon a special "Paws To Read" program sponsored by the Peoria Humane Society. The "Paws To Read" program pairs children 8 years and older with registered therapy dogs for 15-minute reading sessions. The event runs from noon-1 p.m. and requires separate registration. Call (309) 494-8171 to register.

Foster Pet Outreach will also be on hand at the library for anyone looking to adopt a pet.

To build excitement for the day’s celebration, Lakeview Library is sponsoring a "Canines in Costume" photo contest. To enter, inspire your pooch to strike a pose as your favorite storybook character. Send the photo, the name of the character and title of the book to the Lakeview Branch Library by November 6. The winners will be announced and prizes awarded during the Martha Speaks event on November 8.

WTVP is a PBS member station serving 22 counties throughout Central Illinois. Since 1971, WTVP has been providing non-commercial television programming and educational content that engages, enhances, and inspires citizens of all ages. WTVP was the first public station in the state of Illinois to convert to digital broadcasting.


For further information contact Janet McGrath, (309) 495-0593 or janet.mcgrath@wtvp.org 



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