The TCU Alumni Association put on a reading of Maurice Sendak’s children’s book “Where the Wild Things Are” at the TCU Barnes and Noble Bookstore for families in the Fort Worth community this weekend.
Despite the torrential rainstorms this weekend, organizers checked off the event as successful with a total of 25 families in attendance.
Carol McCord, a part-time bookstore employee, said the turnout was nothing short of a pleasant surprise.
“We were slightly nervous about the effect the rain might have, but as the morning went on, more and more people started walking through the door, which we were absolutely thrilled about,” McCord said.
Parents also responded positively.
TCU alumna Marjeta Daja said the reading provided a perfect rainy day activity for her children.
“This morning my husband and I thought this would be a great day to be indoors and do something like this with our 4-year-old twins,” Daja said.
McCord echoed these notions about the inclement weather.
“The rain may have actually improved attendance in the sense that families were looking for a fun way to enjoy the weekend with their kids while staying dry,” McCord said.
The event comprised of story readings, arts and crafts and opportunities for children to meet and take pictures with a costumed character from the book. The goal was to increase children’s love for literature.
“Reading becomes fun for kids with interactive events like these, and both the alumni association and bookstore have always done an awesome job with promoting literacy,” Daja said.
The bookstore plans on featuring Norman Bridwell’s classic “Clifford the Big Red Dog” for its next reading. The date is still to be determined.