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MEDIA ALERT: Iowa Public Television Brings Martha Speaks to 25 Iowa Communities in April

Johnston, Iowa - Children in 25 Iowa communities will have an opportunity to meet and greet Martha, the beloved talking dog from the PBS television series Martha Speaks starting in April.

Activities during each visit may include:
* a viewing party featuring an episode of Martha Speaks
* snack time with Martha featuring alphabet-based food
* a read aloud session featuring a volunteer or local celebrity reading a portion of a Martha Speaks book.

"Iowa Public Television is proud to celebrate our 45th anniversary of helping to educate Iowans through innovative media and services by bringing the Martha Speaks character to twenty five Iowa communities in April," said Terry Rinehart, director of Educational Services. "Martha Speaks is designed to teach up to 20 words in each show. How better to get kids excited about learning and trying out new words with a talking dog, who just can't stop talking?"

Children, their families, caregivers and friends can join Iowa Public Television and Martha at these public events:

April 2 - Burlington Public Library, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
April 3 - Keokuk Public Library, 3:30-4:30
April 5 - Des Moines, Dan Wardell Story Time at Drake Olmsted Center, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
April 7 - Sioux City: Western Iowa Tech Community College, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
April 9 - Clinton Public Library, 10:00 a.m.
April 9 - West Liberty Public Library, 2:30 p.m.
April 11 - Ottumwa Public Library
April 12 - Muscatine: Musser Public Library,
April 14 - Red Oak Public Library, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
April 14 - Leon Community Center, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
April 15 - Hampton Public Library, 7:00 p.m.
April 21 - Columbus Junction Public Library
April 23 - Hawarden Public Library, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
April 23 - Denison: Norelius Community Library, 3:00-4:00 p.m. (includes Dan Wardell activity)
April 24 - Sioux City Public Library, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
April 25 - Chariton Public Library, 10:30 a.m.
April 26 - Davenport: Healthy Kids Day
April 30 - Marshalltown Public Library: Dia de los Ninos/ Dia de los Libros, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Click on the link to visit each website for details.

Iowa children will spend time with IPTV and Martha at these events, NOT open to the public:

April 3 - Keokuk: Hawthorne Elementary School, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
April 4 - Des Moines: South Union Elementary School
April 11 - Ottumwa: McCarroll Preschool
April 11 - Ottumwa: McCarroll Afterschool
April 14 - Shenandoah: Turnbull Child Development Center
April 17 - Mason City Public Schools
April 29 - Oelwein Public Schools, Husky Adventures after school program

Click on the school name to visit their website for details.

Additionally, many Iowa elementary schools participate in the Martha Speaks Reading Buddies Program. This cross-age reading program pairs kindergarten students with a 4th or 5th grader to improve vocabulary and foster a love of books and reading. Contact your local school for more information about these exciting Martha Speaks projects.

Several Iowa libraries participate in the Martha Speaks Read-Aloud Book club. The book club creates a fun environment for young kids to read and talk about books, and to learn about the positive roles dogs play in our lives. Contact your local library for details about your Martha Speaks book club.

See Martha Speaks on statewide Iowa Public Television weekdays at 3:00 p.m., and weekends at 10:30 a.m. on IPTV LEARNS.

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For more information about Iowa Public Television's educational offerings, please contact Kristen Gray at (515) 725-9703 or


Iowa Public Television is Iowa's statewide public broadcasting network celebrating 45 years in 2014. IPTV provides quality, noncommercial programming to make a difference in the lives of Iowans. As one of the last locally controlled media enterprises in the state, IPTV is committed to telling Iowa's stories like no one else can. Our mission to educate, inform, enrich, and inspire Iowans enables IPTV to present an unequaled array of programs of lasting value to Iowans regardless of where they live or what they can afford. More than 2 million viewers a month turn to IPTV for programming that reflects a range of interests for Iowans in all demographic categories. Iowa Public Television offers three programming channels statewide: IPTV, IPTV LEARNS, and IPTV WORLD. Iowa Public Television stations include: Channel 11, Des Moines; Channel 12, Iowa City; Channel 21, Fort Dodge; Channel 24, Mason City; Channel 27, Hawarden; Channel 32, Waterloo; Channel 32, Council Bluffs; Channel 36, Davenport; Channel 36, Red Oak. Information on programming channels, reception, and more can be found at

Kristen Gray




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