The 2016 RI Summer Reading Program got off to great start at the State House when the 7th annual Kids Reading Across Rhode Island (KRARI) showed some love for reading on May 7. Author and illustrator of the graphic novel Roller Girl, Victoria Jamieson, signed books and had her first press conference ever with the KRARI Junior Press Corps. Kids joined fun activities about reading, healthy eating, exercise and roller derby throughout the State House at exhibits from public libraries and community groups. The 2016 theme for the children’s Summer Ready Program is “On Your Mark, Get Set . . . Read!” Hundreds of parents, children, librarians, and educators participated in the public celebration.
The Governor’s State Room was the setting for an adaptation of Roller Girl performed by Trinity Repertory Company’s youth theater group StageWrite. In between the two performances author Victoria Jamieson shared stories about how she became a writer-illustrator and a roller derby team member.
Karen Mellor, Chief of the Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS) welcomed the State Room audience and encouraged everyone to continue reading through their local public libraries’ summer reading programs. KRARI Honorary Chair Bill Harley, Grammy winner song writer and storyteller, encouraged the crowd to think of libraries as a place to share stories. Throughout the summer Rhode Island public libraries will host programs featuring Roller Girl, using book sets supplied by TD Bank and OLIS. Public schools also received book sets and are holding book discussions.
Librarians from the South Kingstown, Westerly, East Providence, Narragansett, Pawtucket and East Smithfield public libraries offered roller derby-related crafts. Promoting learning through books and educational resources were: OLIS, AskRI.org, RI Festival of Children’s Books & Authors, RI Children’s Book Award, and RI Center for the Book. Community groups with exhibits included Providence Comics Consortium, Farm Fresh RI, RI Families in Nature, and F.I.T. Club.
Kids Reading Across Rhode Island is a project of the RI Office of Library and Information Services in partnership with the Rhode Island Center for the Book at the RI Council for the Humanities. Kids Reading Across RI 2016 is supported with major funding from the Institute for Museum and Library Services, TD Bank and the TD Bank Charitable Foundation. For more photographs visit Flickr https://flic.kr/s/aHskwnTxRK