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Very Involved Parents Will Shine at the Little Red Lighthouse Festival on October 8

Updated: Oct 6, 2022

Literacy, Inc. (LINC) connects families across the city to reading resources in their own neighborhoods.

This coming Saturday, October 8th, from noon to 4:00 p.m. some of LINC’s trained volunteers, our Very

Involved Parents or VIPs, will be sharing their love of reading with the community at the first Little Red

Lighthouse Festival since the pandemic struck.

The Little Red Lighthouse Festival is a family friendly event inspired by the classic children’s book, The

Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge. Authored by Hildegard H. Swift and illustrated by Lynd

Ward, the book was first released in 1942 by Harcourt, Inc. It tells the story of a small lighthouse located

under the span of the George Washington Bridge. As the bridge grows taller and taller, the lighthouse

fears its beacon will no longer be needed; the bridge explains that the lighthouse serves boats on the river

while the bridge flashes its light to the “ships of the sky.”

It is a bit of a trek to reach the lighthouse but festival visitors will be well rewarded with live music, food

and art vendors, fishing clinics and presentations by Urban Park Rangers – in addition to multiple

readings of the book - some in English, some in Spanish and some in both languages - by LINC


LINC is thrilled to be part of the 2022 Little Red Lighthouse Festival. Yocasta Capellan, LINC’s Parent

Engagement Specialist, enthused about the VIPs “No matter the weather our VIPs come out to share the

joy of reading together.” ”It’s so important that children have positive experiences with books and reading

before they start school,” commented Albania Jimenez, Senior Director of Family & Community

Mobilization. Both agreed on the special value of children hearing a story about a landmark right in their

own neighborhood, a story that involves a place they can actually visit.

Thank you to Summer on the Hudson and the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation for the opportunity to collaborate.


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