WTCI Fundraising Book Fair Is June 15-24

Friday, June 14, 2013

WTCI-PBS and Barnes & Noble Hamilton Place have teamed up to celebrate summer reading with a book fair.  A portion of the proceeds from purchases made between Saturday, June 15, and Monday, June 24, will be donated to support the education outreach at WTCI.

“We are proud to sponsor WTCI’s PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest and this bookfair is a great way to encourage summer reading for your children while supporting the outreach of your local PBS station,” said Debbie Thompson, director of Education and Community Engagement.  “Reading and math literacy are critical to a child’s success and our programming, events and activities are all designed to enhance those skills.”

There will be several special guests and activities Saturday, including the Cat in the Hat, Chattanooga’s broadcasting legend, Luther Massingil, Jennifer Crutchfield, author of Chattanooga Landmarks, and Cathy Napier, author of Operation Daughters Addicted, a book about the perils of dual addictions.

Ms. Crutchfield will be sharing stories and historic photographs about several Chattanooga landmarks while moderating a screening of From Lookout Mountain to the Valley Below:  Our National Park, a documentary produced by WTCI.  This documentary is a companion piece to the Ken Burns’ series, The National Parks and tells the story of the oldest and largest national military park in the nation, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park. It is a "land steeped in history, filled with stories of bravery, courage, tragedy, and death."

WTCI is a beta testing station for OVEE (online video engagement experience), a social screening platform.  Users can create free accounts or sign in as a guest to communicate and engage via chat and social media features while exploring the content of a documentary.  WTCI is the only public media outlet in Chattanooga using this new platform.  OVEE screenings are available for a variety of settings and audiences.

For information on OVEE screenings for a school or organization, contact Ms. Crutchfield at 702-7815 or jcrutchfield@wtcitv.org.


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