BOOKS Program Celebrity Read-Along

Master Hidy Ochiai, Martial Arts History Museum Hall of Fame inductee, and reader of "The Farmer and the Poor God".

An example of Action for Older Persons' focus on bringing the generations together is AOP's teaming with the BOOKS with Senator Libous Project and Binghamton University to present a Celebrity Read-Along on the BOOKS Program website at www.booksprogram.com.

You can take a child on a visit to the website and actually hear the story read out loud through the use of audio streaming across the Internet.  When you click on "About the Star" you can learn more about the star reader. When you click on "Why the star liked the book" you'll year a recording of why the reader thought the book was fun to read.

A sample of books available on the site include:

The Library Dragon, written by Carmen Agra Deedy, read by "Star Reader" Janet Ottman, Director of Your Home Public Library in Johnson City.

Salt in His Shoes, written by Deloris Jordan, read by Stuart Naismith, AOP APEL Volunteer and grandson of the founder of the game of basketball.

The Great Poochini, written by Gary Clement, read by Duane Skrabalak, Artistic Director of the Tri-Cities Opera.

A Police Officer... that's what I'll be!, written by Ronald Pinkston, read by David Harder, Broome County Sheriff.

The Farmer and the Poor God, written by Ruth Wells, read by Master Hidy Ochiai, World Class Martial Artist.

Featured books are available at local libraries and a copy of each of the books is available for AOP Members to use with our high-speed Internet connected computers.

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