Oct 17, 2008 in Web News
Sit. Stay. Watch out West Texas; here comes Martha! Come on out of your doghouse and meet the newest star on Basin PBS, Martha the dog from MARTHA SPEAKS.
Martha will hang out with kids for Story Time, crafts and free treats at Barnes & Noble on Saturday, October 18th beginning at 10am and she’ll welcome other visitors, too, including the Dog Tails Therapy Dog Group and Lone Star SPCA as well as several of her fellow pooches.
Basin PBS and Barnes & Noble have invited Martha to town to visit her fans and to help raise money for the good work Basin PBS does for West Texas kids.
“For the weekend of Martha’s visit, Barnes & Noble is donating a portion of sales toward MARTHA SPEAKS and the rest of the educational programming on Basin PBS,” says Joyce Silverman, Barnes & Noble Community Relations Manager. “Theirs is such an important service to our community. One that we’re glad to support.”
“Barnes & Noble has been a great friend to Basin PBS and we’re thrilled to partner with the good folks there for this fun event for kids and families,” Daphne Dowdy, Basin PBS General Manager.
Customers can present a MARTHA SPEAKS voucher at the time of purchase on October 17, 18 or 19 and a portion of the sale will benefit local public television. Vouchers are available at Barnes & Noble.
“Our donors are so important to us,” Dowdy says. “It is your support that allows us to incite curiosity and wonder in children and adults and to create an interest in lifelong learning.”
Based on the best-selling children’s book series, the MARTHA SPEAKS animated TV series follows the adventures of Martha, a loveable dog whose appetite for alphabet soup gives her the ability to speak. Using her newfound abilities, Martha gets jobs, wears disguises, foils bad guys and orders lots of steaks.
As a talking dog, Martha lives in a vocabulary-rich environment. The educational goal of the series is to bolster the vocabulary of 4 to 7-year-olds within the context of great stories in engaging, comical ways. Martha Speaks is part of PBS KIDS Raising Readers, designed to use media to help young children, especially those from low-income families, build the skills they need to learn to read.
For more information visit basinpbs.org.
About Basin PBS
Basin PBS is a non-profit, community-owned, community-run educational service and the only public television station serving the Permian Basin. Basin PBS supports our community through local educational programs like the high school academic QUIZ SHOW and the PROUD HERITAGE SERIES profiling the unique stories of West Texans. Basin PBS also empowers West Texans through outreach programs like “What’s the Word on the Street?” free learning events for children and by providing learning tools for teachers and parents including thousands of free lesson plans. Basin PBS is the only local source for respected PBS programs like MASTERPIECE, NOVA, NEWSHOUR WITH JIM LEHRER, AUSTIN CITY LIMITS, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW and SESAME STREET.