Parent Pulse: CML's Winter Reading Challenge

Jim Fischer
Columbus Parent
Attendees at a past Zoom: Family Film Festival participate in hands-on activities.

For 15 years, or some segment thereof, you and your kids have loved the Zoom: Family Film festival at the Wexner Center for the Arts. You’ve especially enjoyed coming on a Saturday morning in December wearing your PJs for cereal and cartoons.

Well, now there’s more to love. The Wex announced that it’s transforming the event into a family-friendly entertainment series that runs throughout the year. The awesome Super Sunday events already being held at the Wex will now fall under the Zoom banner, and there will be even more kid-friendly movies screened on a regular basis, with companion programming in many cases.

Check out regularly to find out what’s coming up next.

Did your kids get books as holiday gifts? Have they been reading them already? If so, they’ve got a leg up in the Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Winter Reading Challenge.

Like the Summer Reading Challenge, the new program is designed to encourage children to read while on break from school. The winter challenge runs through Feb. 28. Students in grades K-12 are eligible—just pick up a game board from a Homework Help Center at any CML branch. The boards have various reading tasks to complete. Those who do so are eligible for prizes.

Speaking of books, South-Western City School District teacher R.L. Walker not only teaches writing and runs a writing club for students, but also is doing more than a bit of publishing on her own. Her novels (“The Disappearing Act” and “Kai’s Secret”) feature strong female characters and mysteries involving history and archaeology. The books are available on Amazon, and she hopes to help students create and publish their own titles there by the end of the year.

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