AmeriCorps, California State Library, Sacramento Kings, Starbucks join Jumpstart in Read for the Record

On August 24, at the historic California State Railroad Museum, State Librarian Susan Hildreth joined Mike Bibby of the Sacramento Kings and AmeriCorps library literacy members to participate in Jumpstart’s “Read for the Record,” a program of nationwide simultaneous readings of The Little Engine that Could to groups of young children. Starbucks Coffee, American Eagle Outfitters and Pearson Education were national corporate sponsors of this first ever national reading event.

AmeriCorps members, supported in part by a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant from the California State Library, also organized The Little Engine that Could readings in 14 public libraries and over 100 other sites throughout the state. The purpose of the nationwide “Read for the Record” gatherings for children was to raise public awareness of the importance of pre-school literacy.

Jumpstart, a non-profit organization devoted to giving at risk children an early start on learning, and also an AmeriCorps partner, spearheaded California’s “Read for the Record” campaign. In Sacramento, a host of volunteers, including the popular Bibby, read The Little Engine that Could as part of the largest shared-reading experience ever. Over 100 children and their parents, teachers, and caregivers attended the Railroad Museum reading for which California State Library’s literacy team including Jacquie Brinkley, Suzanne Flint and Cindy Tackett were on hand to help.

For more information about California Library Literacy Services, please visit the website at www.literacyworks.org/clls/ or call 916- 653-4730.

 

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