HOST AN EVENT
SETTING UP A JUST READ SOMETHING EVENT IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD IS SIMPLE, EXCITING, AND ENGAGING! AT YOUR EVENT CHILDREN MAY COME PICK-UP DONATED BOOKs, DROP OFF USED BOOKS, LEARN ABOUT LOCAL READING OPPORTUNITIES, AND HAVE A GREAT TIME WITH THEIR LOCAL COMMUNITY!
Through a ‘Just Read Something’ event the stakeholders invested will be able to raise awareness, create engagement, and provide underserved populations with access to summer reading materials.
Consider setting up the following booths: a book drop off station, a library card sign up location, local author discussions, children’s story time circles, book recommendation talks, playing book trailers, genre focused booths, or age-group specific booths.
The schedule for the event should be relaxed, where community members can come and go at their own leisure.
Engaging the Community
Prior to the event recruit volunteers from local philanthropic groups, school districts, libraries, religious groups, and reading organizations. They can donate their time or reading materials ahead of time.
Encourage volunteers to be in charge of a booth, share a book talk, or read aloud to younger children.
Consider advertising the event through local classrooms, prior to school being released. Flyers can be hung at local businesses; such as the public pool and the library. Create a script for news stations and radio stations to advertise the event.
When visitors come to the booth they will be able to recite the pledge as well as participate in a #justreadsomething photo booth.
Visitors can also hold up a variety of props, such as magazines, cookbooks, novels, headphones (to symbolize an e-book), and any other creative ideas that represent #justreadsomething.
Just Read Something Pledge
I understand the importance of maintaining strong reading habits.
I am capable of finding things to read that interest me.
I can make summer reading a priority.
I want to continue to grow, learn, and exercise my mind.
I will Just Read Something over the summer vacation.