Throughout the summer, libraries, summer programs, museums, farmers’ markets, and other institutions in Atlanta will hold “book club reads” to model research based methods of reading books with children and will host enrichment events based upon the stories. The books will come to life as children enjoy arts and crafts activities, drama exercises, and other hands on activities designed to make the language in the stories meaningful to children. The goal is to get children and their families to interact with the book multiple times throughout the summer.
PROGRAM GOALSGEEARS goals for MSRC are to engage the community in encouraging our youngest children to read and learn 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 children every day.
HOW DO PARTNERS PARTICIPATE?We need civic organizations and institutions to partner with us! Partners agree to do at least one “read” during the summer and host at least one activity related to the books selected. These events are intended to be low cost and easy for the sponsoring organizations. The Mayor's Summer Reading Club is not simply a book give away.
Partners agree to send us information about their event to include on our summer reading calendar, ensure that the event is open to the public, and assist us in publicizing the book club. Partners who wish to receive books will also participate in a storyteller training for those in their organizations who will be executing the programming and readings. In addition, partners agree to complete a short survey after their event(s) so that we can keep track of attendance and other information.