This summer Seattle Firefighters will be reading to kids at library branches throughout the City. The Seattle Fire Department and Seattle Public Library are partnering to host seven firefighter story times in June and July.
“This is a chance for firefighters to meet our youngest community members and educate them on how to protect themselves and their families during a fire,” said Fire Chief Gregory Dean.
For more than a decade, Seattle firefighters have volunteered for literacy events at local branch libraries.
“The firefighter story times are among our most popular literacy programs for preschoolers,” said City Librarian Marcellus Turner. “We appreciate the firefighters volunteering their time each year to support libraries and reading. It’s a wonderful opportunity for some of our youngest patrons to learn about fire safety and the work that our brave firefighters do every day.”
Firefighters will read the book “No Dragons for Tea” to preschool children from all around the City. Through a delightful story about a little girl who invites a dragon over for tea, preschoolers learn important fire safety messages. Educating preschoolers and their families about fire safety is important, given preschoolers are especially vulnerable to fire and burn injuries.
“This is a great way to help support reading at a young age, something that we know is critical for success in school and later in life,” said Mayor Mike McGinn. “For kids, firefighters are pretty cool – so it’s great that they are serving as role models for reading.”
In addition to the stories, the firefighters will also demonstrate their fire gear and give children a chance to see their fire engines.
The public is encouraged to attend these events:
2300 E. Yesler Way Thursday June 6 @ 10:30 a.m.
5423 Delridge Way S.W. Thursday June 13 @ 11:30 a.m.
5614 22nd Ave. N.W. Wednesday June 19 @10:30 am.
Beacon Hill Branch
2821 Beacon Ave. S. Thursday June 20 @ 10:30 a.m.
1000 4th Ave Thursday June 27 @ 10:30 a.m.
10548 Fifth Ave. N.E. Thursday July 11 @ 10:30 a.m.
12755 Greenwood Ave. N. Thursday July 18 @ 10:30 a.m.
For more information call 206-386-1338 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.