The Miami Area Literacy Council will host a Christmas party for its students and tutors.

The event is set for 1 p.m. Saturday at the Miami Public Library.

“We wanted to treat our students and their families,” said Ginny Stinson, reading specialist with the council. “We feel like a family and this will gives an opportunity to meet.”

The students live in the same community and share similar difficulties because of their inability to read.

“They’ve all chosen to participate in the literacy program,” Stinson said. “It shows a lot of character.”

Amanda Wyley, park naturalist with the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department stationed in Bernice State Park, will give the program from 1 to 1:45 p.m.

“We expect her to bring a lot of native animals in cages and give a nature talk,” Stinson said. “When she’s finished the children will be allowed to pet the animals.”

After the program, the students and tutors will meet with Marcia Johnson, director of the council and head librarian at the Miami Public Library, while Stinson will read the children some nature stories.

The tutors will provide refreshments.

Stinson hopes that most of the eight students and the seven tutors will be able to attend with their families.

“The relationships between our students and their tutors is unreal,” Stinson said. “Even though the Literacy Council provides workbooks and manuals financed through the grant we received, tutors go out of their way to get materials that meet the needs of their students.

“Sometimes they help the students with their homework or to read the newspaper or even to fill out a job application.”

With one tutor already covering two students, the Literacy Council is in need of new tutors.

A training session for tutors is set for Jan. 10.

Anyone interested in volunteering as a tutor should call the Miami Public Library at 541-2292.