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My Very Own Library Celebrates Read Across America Day in Newark with Authors, Books, & Dr. Seuss Looks!

Foundation for Newark's Future, Scholastic Book Fairs, Children's Book Authors, and WBGOJazz Station 88.3 celebrate the gift of literacy with 12,000 Newark Public School Students & their families.


Newark, NJ - March 5, 2014 - The My Very Own Library (MVOL) literacy program, administered through the Foundation for Newark's Future, in coordination with Scholastic Book Fairs, spread literary joy to over 12,000 students throughout the city of Newark, NJ on March 5, 2014 in celebration of Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss's birthday. The twenty-three participating Newark Public Schools were decorated to honor Dr. Seuss's classics and participated in what was the second of three MVOL book fair events happening this school year.

During the school day, every student chose three NEW, FREE books, and select schools were inspired by read-alouds and interactive sessions with award winning children's authors and local Jazz Station WBGO 88.3. After school, several of the participating schools continued their literacy celebrations by hosting family literacy events to further engage families and the community in the schools' mission to support literacy in school and at home.

"My Very Own Library is an initiative that brings the people of Newark together", said FNF CEO Kimberly McLain. "Regardless of ward or school, over 12,000 Newark children and families are celebrating literacy and bringing new books into their homes. It is so important that families are partners in their children's education, and tonight schools across the city are making that a reality through family literacy nights. We are thrilled to partner with a great team to make this happen."

The visiting authors who played an extra special part in the day's festivities and further motivated students' interest to read were: Natalie Standiford (The Secret Tree) Jeff Salane (Lawless), and Tiffany Sterlitz (The Monster Who Lost His Mean).

Each author visited two schools and engaged students in an interactive presentation about becoming authors and the process that led to the creation of their books. The authors also held interactive Q&A sessions, and participated in a meet & greet and book signing with students.

Also joining the day's celebrations, was Newark's own WBGO Jazz Station 88.3 with a special visit to Quitman Street School where the radio team got kids jazzed about reading thought a musically inspired presentation and read aloud.

For pictures from the day, please visit My Very Own Library's Facebook page HERE. For more information on My Very Own Library, or details on making a donation, please click HERE.

For pictures from the day, please visit My Very Own Library's Facebook page HERE.

For more information on My Very Own Library, or details on making a donation, please click HERE.
 
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