Benton Public Library will join libraries across Illinois celebrating Family Reading Night on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 6 p.m. Family Reading Night is a statewide event sponsored by Jesse White, Secretary of State and State Librarian, celebrated annually in Illinois on the third Thursday in November. Families are encouraged to spend quality time reading together. “This special event is a night when parents and children are urged to turn off televisions, computers, video games and other forms of entertainment and spend time reading together,” White said in a newsletter from the Illinois State Library. “Reading together creates a positive learning environment and helps children develop a love for reading that can last a lifetime.” Benton Library’s Family Reading Night will feature special guests Elephant and Piggie from the book series of the same name by author Mo Willems. “We’re calling the event Mo-Vember,” library director Erin Steinsultz said. “Everyone is encouraged to attend. We will have activities based on the books, snacks, and fun. Piggie and Gerald (Elephant) will be there in person.” The library celebrates Family Reading Night along with the Illinois State Library each fall, but also offers a spring Family Reading Night as well, usually in March. “Children are more successful in school when their parents serve as role models and demonstrate the importance of reading,” Steinsultz said. “We want to encourage fun participation at the library, but we also want to help develop readers.” “Family Reading Night is usually a packed house for us and we love it,” she said. For more information on this or any library program, call 438-7511.