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The Little Read 2018

The Montclair Public Library and its Foundation are thrilled to announce that this October it will be celebrating the ten year anniversary of the Little Read. The Little Read is a children’s read-aloud marathon that brings together Montclair neighbors, writers, local heroes and celebrities in a town-wide celebration of literacy and community. The event, entirely free to the public, will take place over the course of five days from October 16-20. Since Little Read is turning ten, MPL will host a community birthday party on Wednesday, October 17 at 5:00pm. Activities will include stories, face painting, balloon animals, games and — of course — cupcakes.

The Library’s annual Little Read has become one of the fall’s must-attend events for families with young children. Study after study shows that early reading with children helps them learn to speak, interact, bond with parents and read early themselves.

Each participant reads aloud in 10-minute slots scheduled throughout the five-day event, which is geared to children in pre-school through grade three.  Readings take place at different locations throughout Montclair, with a wide variety of books for readers to choose from.  This year, some of the readers will include Mayor Robert Jackson, Library Director Peter Coyl, and Fire Chief John Herrmann (with firefighters).

Funds raised through sponsorships of this free event support the Children’s Department and the Children’s Summer Reading Program. The Children’s Summer Reading Program serves more than 1,000 children. Last year the children and teens enrolled read 14,900 books!

Since the event’s inception in 2009, Scholastic has been a lead sponsor and provides a free book to each child attending the bedtime stories event. We also want to thank Josh and Judy Weston and HUMC Mountainside who joined as lead sponsors this year. Baristanet, Rosemary and Al Iversen, Schumacher Chevrolet, Montclair State University, Rose Cali, Gloria and John Pak, Watchung Booksellers, School of Rock, Sparkles Dentistry, Cornerstone Montclair, Hello Products, Montclair Orthodontics and TD Bank Montclair are also contributing sponsors.

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The 2018 Little Read event schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, October 16
9:00 am-10:00 am: Montclair Public Library Auditorium- Local Pre-Schools

Wednesday, October 17
9:00 am – 10:30 am: Bellevue Avenue Branch Library- Local Pre-Schools
9:30 am – Noon: Montclair Public Library Auditorium-Montclair District Kindergarten Students
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Little Read Birthday Party Main Library Auditorium

Thursday, October 18
9:00 am – 10:30 am: Bellevue Avenue Branch Library- Local Pre-Schools
9:30 am – Noon: Montclair Public Library Auditorium- Montclair District Kindergarten Students

Friday, October 19
9:00 am – 10:30 am: Bellevue Avenue Branch Library- Local Pre-Schools
9:30 am – Noon: Montclair Public Library Auditorium- Montclair District Kindergarten Students
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Mayor Jackson and Peter Coyl will read Bedtime Stories, Montclair Public Library Auditorium

Saturday, October 20

11:00 am-Noon: Firefighters will read at the Montclair Fire Department, 588 Valley Road
11:30 am-12:30 pm: Wally Choice Community Center, 115 Bloomfield Avenue
Noon-1:00 pm: An inclusive community read for children of all abilities at Cornerstone Montclair, 198 Bellevue Avenue
1:00-2:00 pm: Museum staff will read at the Montclair Art Museum, 3 South Mountain Avenue


Thank you to all of our generous sponsors!





Josh & Judy Weston








Rose Cali

Al & Rosemary Iversen



Gloria & John Pak





TD Bank Montclair

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