Mayor Kasim Reed is hosting his “Mayor’s Summer Reading Club” for the second year in the community.
The Mayor’s Summer Reading Club is a program for children ages 8 and under The program designates a citywide book choice for infants, a book for children ages 2-4, and a book for children ages 5-8 to share with their families at no cost to them.
The books will come to life as children enjoy arts and crafts activities, drama exercises, and other hands-on activities throughout the summer designed to make the language in the stories meaningful to children. A total of 15,000 books will be given to children who want to participate.
“This summer’s reading club will utilize public-private partnerships to improve vocabulary and literacy skills of children ages birth through eight in Atlanta, get high-quality books into the homes of children in Atlanta who will benefit most, and give parents practical tools to help their children become early learners,” said Mayor Reed. “The goals are to engage the community in encouraging our youngest children to continue reading and learning during the summer, to encourage families to instill literacy as a core value in the home and increase family awareness of the importance of reading with their children every day.”
This year’s books are: “Stripes of All Types,” by Susan Stockdale; “Amari’s Bike Adventure,” by the Rollins Center for Language & Literacy; and “Nothing Ever Happened on 90th Street.”
This summer program concludes on Saturday, Aug. 2, 10 a.m. – noon, at the Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St., N.E., Atlanta. The free event will celebrate the completion of reading the books. Games, bike giveaways and other activities will be offered.
Community reading groups and other events centered on the themes of the selected books are also a part of the summer program. For more information or a schedule of events, visit www.mayorsreadingclub.org or call 404-330-6385.