Reading Promise Week Events

Philadelphia's citywide family literacy festival runs through Sunday
Photo By Kamaji Ogino From Pexels

Photo by Kamaji Ogino from Pexels

This week is for celebrating young readers in Philadelphia. Reading Promise Week is a week-long citywide family literacy festival with free events and giveaways through Sunday.

Read by 4th, a Philadelphia-based movement to ensure that every local child has the skills to be strong readers, is hosting the festival. As they explain on the Reading Promise Week website, “Too many of our children have fallen behind in reading, but we won’t let the story end there. Reading Promise Week is a moment to acknowledge the work we still have to do, while stepping back to celebrate the great things happening in Philadelphia to support young readers.”

Here are just some of the fun and educational events being offered:

South Philly Book Fair 
October 11, 12-4 p.m.
Marconi Park Plaza, 2800 S Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19145

South Philly families will enjoy literacy activities, music, snacks and hundreds of free children’s books at this book fair.

Joy and Justice: Reading Promise Festival
October 13, 3-5 p.m.
Jenks Academy for the Arts & Sciences, 8301 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19118

This afternoon of literacy fun in Northwest Philadelphia will have read-alouds, giveaways and more for children of all ages.

Hamilton Disston Reading Promise Festival
October 14, 3-5 p.m.
Hamilton Disston School, 6801 Cottage St., Philadelphia, PA 19135

This after-school literacy fair will include a literacy parade of K-4 students.

Lit Fest in West
October 15, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Samuel Gompers School, 5701 Wynnefield Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19131

Wynnefield and Overbrook families will enjoy arts and crafts, storytimes and tons of free children’s books.

West Philly Literacy Gala
October 16, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Lombard Central Presbyterian Church, 4201 Powelton Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19104

Kids will be able to celebrate stories from Disney, Marvel and Star Wars and are encouraged to come dressed up as their favorite character.

Reading Promise Toon Fest
October 16, 1-6 p.m.
Shepard Rec Center, 5700 Haverford Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19131

Children will be able to practice drawing their favorite characters, listen to stories by local reading heroes and find a book to take home.

Right to Read: Hartranft Reading Promise Festival
October 17, 1-4 p.m.
Hartranft Basketball Court, Philadelphia, PA 19133

Finish off the week with a big block party. You’ll be able to hear a reading from an award-winning author, dance to local music and find resources for young readers.

Check out the Reading Promise website for even more events.

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