Niagara University is offering free, Halloween and fall-themed educational events for children and families in various Niagara County locations in October and November.

Funded by the United Way of Greater Niagara, and titled “Books, Balls and Blocks,” the program’s activities are designed for children between the ages of 4 months and 6 years old.

In addition to Halloween and fall-themed games, art activities, interactive stories and more, families will be offered developmental and early literacy screenings.

Vision screenings will also be available to children on Oct. 18 and 20, and Nov. 20.

The events feature active parent involvement as well, which research indicates is linked to a child’s school readiness. Studies by the Harvard Family Research Project show that greater parent involvement in their child’s learning positively affects the child’s school performance, including higher academic achievement.

Pizza, refreshments and book giveaways will be provided.

Schedule of events:

Wednesday, Oct. 10 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Niagara Falls Public Library (1425 Main St, Niagara Falls, N.Y., 14305)

Thursday, Oct. 11 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Niagara Falls Public Library (8728 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls, N.Y., 14304)

Thursday, Oct. 18 | 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Niagara University Family Literacy Center (Academic Complex, Room 125)

Saturday, Oct. 20 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Niagara Falls Public Library (1425 Main St, Niagara Falls, N.Y., 14305)

Tuesday, Nov. 20 | 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Lockport Public Library (23 East Ave., Lockport, N.Y., 14094)

“Books, Balls and Blocks” is presented through a partnership with Help Me Grow Western New York, Niagara University’s Family Literacy Center, and the Niagara County Early Child Care Quality Improvement Project, all housed in Niagara University’s Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M. Institute for Civic Engagement

To register and/or obtain more information, please call 716.286.8309 or visit www.niagara.edu/booksballsandblocks.