Capt. Book launches literacy discussion

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Dr. Morris Pike, aka Capt. Book, discusses his methods for engaging kids at Keizer Heritage Center. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Dr. Morris Pike, aka Capt. Book, discusses his methods for engaging kids at Keizer Heritage Center. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

BY ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

A visit by Dr. Morris Pike, aka Captain Book, to the Keizer Community Library (KCL) Thursday, Aug. 1, for a planned to talk on issues of childhood literacy quickly turned into a larger conversation about the library’s role in getting books into the hands of Keizer kids.

San Diego-based Pike took up the cause of literacy and the mantle of Capt. Book a dozen years ago and has given away more than 70,000 books to children in that area.

“Captain Book is just a way to get money and attention, but the mission is to give books away. You don’t have to have a Captain Book, but you have to have a program,” Pike said. “When you have books in the home and adults reading, it becomes a parameter for being part of the family.”

Sparse attendance at the event allowed the conversation to turn toward KCL’s role in promoting literacy in the Keizer community.

“The people visiting our library are generally ones who could benefit from free books,” said JoAnne Beilke, director of strategic planning for the Keizer Heritage Center, the home of the KCL. “We have the kids and adults coming in, maybe we give them a free book every once in a while.”


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