BROOKSVILLE — Last Thursday morning was more than just a cool, spring day in Hernando County. For hundreds of children, it was the "Day of the Book.''
The literacy awareness event for Head Start children, organized by Head Start coordinator Luis Leon, saw groups of children head outside from the center to sit for volunteer readers.
There were four volunteer readers: John Hale, parent of two Head Start students, Adele, 4, and Benjamin, 5; Lenore Bemond and Barbara Parks, members of Hadassa, a nonsectarian organization out of Israel; and Ronette Snyder, also known as "The Book Lady," from Goodwill BookWorks.
Snyder earned her moniker because she often hands out free books to Head Start students from donations to the Goodwill program.
Bemond and Parks said they go to Head Start monthly to read to the children. They call it a good-deed service or a "mitzvah." They are part of the West Hernando/Spring Hill Hadassa Group.
When Hale got up to read about Splat the Cat, Leon acted it out. This elicited giggles, screams, chants and applause from the children.
"I love to read to the children," Hale said. "See their eyes light up, and (it) gives them that time to imagine things."