Celebrate Read Across America at CGPL

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We encourage reading throughout the whole year, but did you know that March 2nd is national Read Across America day? You might be asking, “but what does that mean?”

Read Across America was founded in 1998 by the National Education Association to promote and motivate “children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources that are about everyone, for everyone.” This year-long promotion is the nation’s largest celebration of reading! Because “readers who feel included, recognized, and a part of the world are engaged readers,” Read Across America has a specific goal of promoting reading by striving for inclusivity - by promoting diverse authors and characters so that everyone has a chance to see themselves represented in literature. 

Read Across America shares many different ways to celebrate reading:

  • Book clubs - In my opinion, the best way to encourage reading is to talk about it! Share what you’re reading with others, compare it to your own experiences, and create a love of reading through socializing with your peers (the library offers Books on Tap for our adult patrons, and a virtual book club through Discord for our teen patrons).
  • Events & programs - Check out our storytimes and other youth programs!
  • Sharing resources - Browse our catalog to see our diverse collection!
  • Literacy tips - There are many ways parents and caregivers can keep literacy practice going at home!
  • Recommended Reads - Read Across America shares monthly recommended reads (one picture book, one middle grade book, and one YA book). The staff here at the Cape Girardeau Public Library also share our recommended reads!

Here are some of Read Across America’s reading recommendations you can find at the Cape Girardeau Public Library:

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