Helping Center launches free book fair with NASA astronauts and scientists

The Marble Falls Helping Center will host a free Read4Life children’s book fair on June 11 at its headquarters at the Community Resource Center, 1016 Broadway. Inside, volunteers stock the shelves of the Helping Center’s pantry. Staff photo by Dakota Morrissiey

the Marble Falls Help Center hosts an out-of-this-world Read4Life book fair with NASA scientists, astronauts reading in space and thousands of books donated.

The free fair takes place from 9 to 11 a.m. on June 11 at the Center and Pantry, 1016 Broadway in Marble Falls.

“What we’re trying to do with The Helping Center is reach our clients in ways other than giving them food,” said Barbara King, coordinator of the centre’s Learn4Life program, which teaches people how to lead a healthier life.

International Space Station Series Videos »Story time from spacewith astronauts reading children’s books will be featured during the event.

NASA scientists Mary Beth and Greg Edeen will give presentations on research being conducted aboard the International Space Station and across the Artemis programa mission to get Americans back to the moon by 2024.

Children can choose from approximately 2,000 books in English and Spanish, all donated by the Highland Lakes community.

“The goal here is to get books into the hands of kids in the early summer months, so they can read through the summer,” King said.

As part of this effort, Helping Center volunteers will read aloud to children from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. every Saturday, June 18 through August 18. 13, at the establishment.

The book fair will be accompanied by the inauguration of the marble falls Small free library, a permanent installation at the Helping Center from which children can borrow and exchange books at any time. The Little Free Library is a global system with over 125,000 installs.

“I think the ability to read and write is fundamental to leading a good and successful life. If we can help the children of our clients and the children of this community to learn to read, to have that curiosity, to have that love of reading, they will go far in life,” King said.

The Food Pantry Helping Center of Marble Falls has served southern Burnet County since 1987. It is open 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Visit his website or call 830-693-5689 for more information.

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