The word "night" in Family Reading Night is being taken very literally at the Miami Public Library.
Children are invited to wear their favorite pajamas and to bring their favorite stuffed toys with them to the Family Reading Night, scheduled from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at the library.
Connie Bradley, children's librarian, is decorating the children's department with moons and the stars to get the children in the mood.
"Children who are read to from an early age are more into books and more likely to want to learn to read," Bradley said. "And good readers are most likely the best learners."
In addition to the moon and the stars decorations, Bradley and fellow library staff members will bring in pillows so the children really can pretend they're in bed.
Although aimed at children from preschool through sixth grade, Bradley stressed that it is a family reading night.
"The whole family is welcome," she said. "It's a family affair - children, their siblings, their parents, their grandparents are all welcome.
"Family reading night is a time to promote literacy and to help reading become a lifelong activity."
So far nine volunteers have agreed to read to the children. Some have read at the library before and for others it's their first time. The readers include Miami police officer Ken Brodrick, former teacher Claudia Harris, a high school librarian Gloria Zimmerman, children's librarian Janie Kruse, Glenda Longan, Jane Neal and Kathryn Welcel.
Books to be read include the "Baby Bear Books" by Jane Yolen, "Napping House" by Audrey Wood, "Good Night Moon" by Margaret Brown and the "Froggy" books by Jonathan London.
For the older children there will be the newest "Magic Treehouse" books by Mary Pope Osborne.
In addition to reading, there will be door prizes, tips to help children read as well as refreshments.
"Introduce children to the library early and it becomes the place to jump start them in reading," Bradley said.
Reservations fore participation are required.
For more information or to make a reservation, call the library at 541-2292.