Even Start is a free family literacy program (housed in Barcroft Elementary School) for Arlington residents who have children under the age of 10. Its goal is to empower parents who are new to the country to help their children be academically successful. Program director and RIF of NOVA liaison Sara Mulrooney hosted a Valentine celebration to encourage families to read together! RIF of NOVA added to the celebration with a number of new books for families to share.

Before the event, parents were encouraged to take photos of their children reading or of family members reading together. At the event itself, many made Valentine refrigerator frames to take home to continue the love -- of families and books!