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!

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Purpose

  • 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.

Event Logistics

  • 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.

Kids Reading Outdoor

Engaging the Community

Kids Reading Book in Park
  • 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.

Pledge Booth

  • 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.

Photo Booth

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.

Print a detailed action toolkit below!

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