Mayor Patrick J. Morris, the San Bernardino Public Library, the San Bernardino City Unified School District, and First 5 announced their participation in Jumpstart's Read for the Record, a national campaign designed to break the world record for the number of adults and children reading the same book on the same day, while also working to break the cycle of illiteracy.
Mayor Morris will read the story of Corduroy to preschool students at Delmann Heights Community Center located at 2969 Flores Street and all branches of the San Bernardino Public Library will host a "San Bernardino Story Time", Read for the Record Event on October 2nd at 10:30 a.m. Branches are located at:
- Norman F. Feldheym Central Library. 555 West 6th Street
- Dorothy Inghram Branch Library. 1505 W. Highland Avenue
- Howard M. Rowe Branch Library. 108 E. Marshall Boulevard
- Paul Villaseñor Branch Library. 525 N. Mt. Vernon Avenue
"Current research overwhelmingly supports the importance of facilitating early and emerging literacy skills in preschool-age children as a critical foundation for literacy development," said Mayor Morris. "Jumpstart's Read for the Record is a positive way to raise awareness about the importance of early childhood literacy skills." Mayor Morris encourages readers of all ages to visit www.readfortherecord.org and register to read the campaign's official book, Corduroy, on October 2. Each child that participates will receive a copy of the book Corduroy to take home, compliments of First 5.
Jumpstart - through Jumpstart's Read for the Record campaign and intensive early education programs - puts books in the homes of children who need them most and focuses on helping them make gains in crucial language and literacy skills. The Pearson Foundation, sponsor and founding partner of the campaign, is once again underwriting the cost of this year's campaign book, Corduroy, from Penguin Young Readers.
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