Family Literacy Night at SUNY Potsdam Celebrates 'Paws for Books'

SUNY Potsdam's Sheard Literacy Center Invites Area Middle Schoolers and Families for Pet-Themed Literacy Night

POTSDAM, NY (03/09/2018) (readMedia)-- The upcoming Family Literacy Night at SUNY Potsdam will celebrate "Paws for Books," on Wednesday, March 14, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., in the Rebecca V. Sheard Literacy Center.

This semester's Family Literacy Night will be pet-themed, with a variety of activities, including a photo booth and face painting. The event will be held in conjunction with a Scholastic Book Fair, and refreshments will also be available.

All area middle schoolers are invited to attend this free event, along with their families. Every student will go home with a book of their choice.

SUNY Potsdam education students have organized the Family Literacy Night, with the goal of creating meaningful activities for families to promote literacy and create lifelong readers. The Potsdam Public Library and the Early Childhood Direction Center in Albany have also partnered to assist with this event.

The mission of the Rebecca V. Sheard Literacy Center at SUNY Potsdam is to provide literacy education to the greater Northern New York community, offer resources and educational support for teachers and parents on issues of literacy education across the curriculum, and house state-of-the-art classrooms for the School of Education faculty who teach literacy courses and other courses that integrate literacy into the curriculum. To learn more, visit

SUNY Potsdam has been preparing educators for more than 200 years. To learn more about The School of Education and Professional Studies at SUNY Potsdam, visit

Founded in 1816, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America's first 50 colleges -- and the oldest institution within SUNY. Now in its third century, SUNY Potsdam is distinguished by a legacy of pioneering programs and educational excellence. The College currently enrolls approximately 3,600 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its challenging liberal arts and sciences core, distinction in teacher training and culture of creativity. To learn more, visit