March 19, 2013

Owens Findlay-area Campus to Host Literacy Fair, March 27

FINDLAY, Ohio – Owens Community College will celebrate and promote the importance of literacy by inviting area residents to participate in several free activities as the Findlay-area Campus serves as host to a Literacy Fair on Wednesday, March 27.

The Literacy Fair will take place from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the College’s Education Center Room 111 on the Findlay-area Campus. Owens is located on Bright Road in Findlay. Admission to the event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

“The purpose of the event is to educate students and the community about the importance of literacy and introduce them to an array of literacy resources available to children and adults in Hancock County and the surrounding area,” said James Katzner, Owens Manager of Career Services and Student Activities.

Area children will have the opportunity to participate in several interactive events throughout the Literacy Fair, highlighted by creating their very own bookmarks, participating in coloring activities and attending “Read Aloud” sessions. The “Read Aloud” sessions are being coordinated by Owens teacher education students in the family, communities and schools class and will feature stories involving the theme Under-the-Sea Adventure. The reading events will occur at 9 a.m. (“I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean”), at 10 a.m. (“Ten Little Fish”) and at 11 a.m. (“Mister Seahorse”). In addition, a “Campus Read Aloud” will take place at 12 p.m. and feature Owens faculty and staff members reading “The Rainbow Fish”. Prize drawings will also occur throughout the event.

Additionally, attendees will have the chance to meet with several local community representatives and ask them questions about literacy outreach opportunities available through their organizations. Area organizations in attendance will include Read for L.I.F.E., Findlay-Hancock County Public Library, the University of Findlay Mazza Museum, Hope House, Open Arms, Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) and GED programs, Owens Findlay-area Campus Library, Owens Literacy Committee and a local literacy coalition, among other groups.

A Scholastic Book Sale will also take place on the College’s Findlay-area Campus in conjunction with the Literacy Fair from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Atrium on Wednesday, March 27. A wide selection of new children’s books will be available for purchase with the proceeds benefiting the Hope House and Opens Arms organizations. The Scholastic Book Sale will also occur from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 28.

For more information about the Literacy Fair, call (567) 429-3029 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 3029.

Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit