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Young Readers Invited to Kick-Off Summer Reading 2012 at RI State House on June 16th!

Rhode Island third through sixth graders and their families are invited to the kick-off of the third annual Kids Reading Across Rhode Island event on Saturday, June 16 at the Rhode Island State House, 1 pm – 4 pm. The event marks the beginning of 2012 summer reading activities coming to libraries statewide. This year’s summer reading theme is Dream Big READ and there are loads of fun activities for attendees, including a book talk about Dave at Night by award-winning author Gail Carson Levine.

Spearheaded by the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services and the Rhode Island Center for the Book at Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, Kids Reading Across Rhode Island is patterned after the the RI Center for the Book’s very popular Reading Across Rhode Island – which just completed its tenth year as the state’s one state, one book project. Kids Reading Across Rhode Island will be implemented by children’s librarians from around the state.

This project is supported by the RI Office of Library and Information Services with a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Rhode Island Center for the Book at RI Council for the Humanities, School Librarians of Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Library Association, Dave’s Marketplace and Johnson & Wales University.

Event Details:
State House Celebration from 1 to 4 pm
Location: Rhode Island State House – 82 Smith Street, Providence, RI 02903

  • Author Gail Carson Levine to speak at 2:15 and 3:30; each family to receive a free book (Dave at Night)
  • Book sale & signing after each talk
  • Children and families can participate in crafts and games lead by children’s librarians and school library media specialists from around the state.
  • Festivities include performing parrots (1:45), wood sculpture display by John Magnan, and an interactive exhibit presented by RIMOSA (RI Museum of Science and Art)

About Dave at Night: When his father dies, Dave knows nothing will ever be the same. And then it happens. Dave lands in an orphanage – the cold and strict Hebrew Home for Boys in Harlem – far from the life he knew on the Lower East Side. But he’s not so worried. He knows he’ll be okay. He always is. If it doesn’t work out, he’ll just leave, find a better place to stay. But it’s not that simple. Outside the gates of the orphanage, the nighttime streets of Harlem buzz with jazz musicians and swindlers; exclusive parties and mystifying strangers. Inside, another world unfolds, thick with rare friendships and bitter enemies. Perhaps somewhere, among it all, Dave can find a place that feels like home.

About the Author: Gail Carson Levine was born in New York City. Her first book for children, Ella Enchanted, won a Newbery Honor. Gail’s other books include A Tale of Two Castles; the New York Times bestsellers Ever and Fairest; Dave at Night, an ALA Notable Book and Best Book for Young Adults; The Wish; The Two Princesses of Bamarre; and the six Princess Tales books. She is also the author of the nonfiction book Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly and the picture books Betsy Who Cried Wolf! and Betsy Red Hoodie, both illustrated by Scott Nash. Gail and her husband, David, live in the Hudson Valley of New York State.

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