Natchitoches celebrates love of literacy at Reading on the River

The Service League of Natchitoches held Reading on the River, its annual children’s literacy event, on March 5. Cane River Creole National Historic Park Superintendent Carrie Mardorf read “Me Too” by Mercer Mayer to a group of children on the downtown riverbank with some help from Cane River National Heritage Area Executive Director Rebecca Blakenbaker. Other readings by local dignitaries feature Mayor Ronnie Williams Jr., Northwestern State University President Marcus Jones, and Sparky the Fire Dog on behalf of the Natchitoches Fire Department.

Children and parents filled bags with free books from a large selection spread out on tables under the shade of the riverbank stage. The Natchitoches community made this event possible by participating in Service League book drives.

Families also enjoyed literacy themed crafts and activities as they strolled through booths sponsored by NSU School of Business, Kiwanis, BOM, and many more.