My Book Day 2012

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The Eden Prairie Noon Rotary Club hosted it's 5th annual My Book Day on May 10, 2012.  719 first grade students from the Eden Prairie School Districts received a hard cover book of their own choosing and an exciting experience designed to promote a love of reading and encourage them to read over the summer.

My Book Day begins with the students arriving at the Eden Prairie City Center along with their teachers and volunteers.  Rotarians greet them and escort them to their first stop.
Rotarians Meet the Buses              Students Arrive

The students visit three stations during their visit.  As a follow-up to a visit to the Eden Prairie Library earlier in the year, they receive their very own library card.
Library Card Distribution               Library Cards

At the second station, community leaders and volunteers read to the children in small groups.  This year readers included Eden Prairie Noon Rotary club member and Eden Prairie Police Chief, Rob Reynolds, members of the police force, fire department, military, atheletes from Eden Prairie High School, Rotarians, and other volunteers.
Reading Groups    Reading Groups - 2

At the third station, the students are treated to a performance of "The Good Queen Sue."  The performance is led by John Jorgenson, who founded My Book Day in Wyoming in honor of his wife Sue.  Today, My Book Day, takes place in every public school in the state of Wyoming.  Students from the Rotary's student exchange program participated in the performance.
The Good Queen Sue     The Good Queen Sue Cast 

After "The Good Queen Sue" performance the students are asked to promise that they will read every day during the summer and are given a hard cover book of their very own.
Book Distribution      Book Distribution 2

The Eden Prairie Noon Rotary would like to thank everyone that made My Book Day 2012 a success.  Thank you!!!
EP Noon Rotary

Special thanks to Rotarian Dave Engen for capturing a great day in pictures.