Cookie Monster joins Literacy Coalition to keep kids reading at Oswego County Fair

Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster (pictured above) is joining The Literacy Coalition of Oswego County (LCOC) at their “Keep Kids Reading” event at the Oswego County Fair, Aug. 6, Sandy Creek. For more information, contact Waloven at or 315-963-4496.

SANDY CREEK – Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster is joining The Literacy Coalition of Oswego County (LCOC) at their “Keep Kids Reading” event at the Oswego County Fair, Aug. 6, Sandy Creek. It was announced by event chairperson Carri Waloven.

“The event will be held from 3 – 4 p.m. in the Youth Building at the fair, with a backpack and school supplies giveaway at 4 p.m.,” Waloven said. “Families can enjoy Story Time with Cookie Monster sessions from 3-3:20 p.m. and from 3:40 - 4 p.m. The first 25 families will receive a PBS Kids goodie bag and free children’s book. In addition, there will be a Sesame Street themed photo booth opportunity with Cookie from 3:20 - 3:40 p.m. and a LCOC backpack and school supply giveaway at 4 p.m.”

"Keep Kids Reading" is meant to encourage reading throughout the Oswego County community.

“Reading is an important fundamental skill in life; encouraging children to read during the summer months to prevent the summer slide of reading skills,” Waloven said.

For more information, contact Waloven at or 315-963-4496.           

The Literacy Coalition of Oswego County is a growing coalition of more than 36 local organizations dedicated to improving literacy in our county. The LCOC works to address the literacy needs of people of all ages, the areas they cover include basic literacy, workforce literacy, computer literacy, health literacy, and financial literacy. “The Literacy Coalition of Oswego County is dedicated to supporting and expanding literacy services so that people can work, our economy can grow, families can thrive, and our community can prosper,” coalition chairperson Mike Egan said.

An estimated 40 to 44 million adults in the United States demonstrate skills in the lowest level of prose, document and quantitative proficiencies.            

Many are unable to total an entry on a deposit slip, locate the time and place on a meeting form, or identify a piece of specific information in a brief news article (ProLiteracy Worldwide).

In Oswego County, close to 17,000 adults cannot read above a fifth-grade reading level. With the help of volunteers, donors and advocates, the Literacy Coalition of Oswego County helps adults develop their basic literacy skills. More information on LCOC is at, or find them on Facebook under Literacy Coalition of Oswego County.

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