Breakfast Serialsback on the tablefor local children |

Breakfast Serialsback on the tablefor local children

The great American novel, “Great Expectations,” written by Charles Dickens, started as a weekly newspaper column.In the late 1800s and early 1900s, before books were mass-produced, readers turned to newspapers for news and entertainment.Every week, the paper would feature a short story called a serial. Serials build off each other, the plot moving along with each weekly edition.Eventually, authors such as Dickens made novels out of their serials.With the advent of cheap novels, television, the Internet, movie theaters and other quick inexpensive sources of entertainment, serials fell by the wayside.Now serials are making a comeback.Wednesday, the Post Independent will feature another installment of Breakfast Serials. The featured Breakfast Serial is a children’s story called Desolation Canyon and will be published every Wednesday.Desolation Canyon will run for 16 weeks.The Post Independent and Wal-Mart created 3,000 miniature books that will hold all 16 stories. Each week, students can cut out the serial and paste it in the book. At the end of 16 weeks, the student will have a whole new book.The booklets will be available at the Post Independent and the Citizen Telegram. Several schools throughout the county will also have the serial booklets.The Post Independent hopes to have serials at each school in Garfield County.Last year 39 newspapers in Colorado participated in Breakfast Serials. Small businesses generally sponsor the serial booklets but the Wal-Mart in Glenwood is sponsoring the serials in the Post.”We really support reading and education,” said Billie Jo Arp, general manager of Wal-Mart. “It’s important to us as well as the entire corporation. This is just a great thing to promote.”Contact Ivy Vogel: 945-8515, ext.

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