Mayor's Summer Reading Club Partner Application- Summer 2019

The Mayor’s Summer Reading Club (MSRC) is a program for children ages birth to five and their families that takes place in locations throughout the city during the summer. In Spring of 2019, we will announce a city-wide book choice for children birth to 2 and a book for children ages 3 to 5 years old to share with their families. GEEARS convenes the MSRC and partners with targeted direct service programs to distribute copies of the selected books at no cost to children, along with programming relevant to the book. The Mayor's Summer Reading Club is not simply a book give away!

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.

GEEARS 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
-- to increase family awareness of the importance of reading with children every day.

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 intended to be 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.


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