Saturday, May 28, 2011

Nashville's Notables Come Together for Literacy

The Nashville International Book Festival comes to RiverGate Mall June 3rd through 5th for a weekend of fun and learning. Aimed at encouraging students to read at least two books per week, this event has added a new component.
The New "Celebrity Read Out Loud" will begin Friday the 3rd at 11:00 a.m. with meteorologist Barak Shapiro reading to eager students. Throughout the weekend many of the Nashville's recognized talent will take 30 minutes to read to students grades k-12. Individuals such as Meteorologist Lelan Statom and Kelly Cox, News Anchor Heather Jensen, State Rep Brenda Gilmore and many more will delight young audiences while showing them that reading is fun.

Two stages will be setup through the common areas of the mall. The public is invited and there is no admission. We encourage other community leaders to join us in our quest to boost the reading levels of students and adult that may need assistance in these areas.

Through our R2Books program 1,000 area students will receive a certificate redeemable for one brand new age-appropriate book. Schools, churches and civic organizations who may want to receive certificates for their students should email a request to

Questions about the "Celebrity Read Out Loud" can be directed to Takaya Sweeny at (313) 862-5000 or

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