One School One Book, the family literacy program where all participating Northern Neck Families are reading the same book at the same time, a few pages each night, kicks off on February 2.
This year’s book is The BFG (it means big friendly giant) by Roald Dahl, who also wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
According to Jan Bates, the Coordinator of Children’s Programs for the Northumberland Public Library (NPL), a number of schools will be participating in the program. Those schools are Cople Elementary in Westmoreland County, and elementary schools in Northumberland County, Richmond County, Essex County and Middlesex County; returning this year are grades K-5th in Lancaster County. Bates coordinates One School One Book for the participating schools as a community outreach of NPL.
Children in private schools and home-schooled kids also can participate. To do so, Bates said, they can get the book from their library or buy it online. Then they can go to the Northumberland Public Library website, www.nplva.org, to get their February reading assignments.
Beginning February 3, there will be a trivia question about the book on radio station WRAR (105.5 FM) every weekday morning at 6:45 a.m. – including any snow days that occur. Those with correct answers have a chance to win prizes from their school.
“This year the questions are true/false or multiple choice, which makes it easy for all ages to listen and quickly pick an answer they’ll remember when they get to school,” Bates said. “That is, if they get up early enough to hear the questions on WRAR.”