As part of the Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza, independent bookstores and libraries are hosting Summer Reading Celebrations nationwide to bring communities together in the spirit of giving back while encouraging every child to keep reading!
Some events have featured special appearances by Clifford the Big Red Dog and Dav Pilkey’s Dog Man. Others have featured activities, photo ops, and giveaways, and all include one very important piece – a Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Give Back book drive box.
Locations hosting a Summer Reading Celebrations are collecting new or lightly used books from attendees as part of the Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Give Back. Then, they’ll donate these books to a local charity partner of choice.
Check out these photos of some of this summer’s celebrations so far:
Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul, MN hosted Clifford and Dog Man at their Summer Reading Celebration while collecting donated books for CommonBond Communities, a local organization that provides homes and supportive services for those most in need.
Dog Man and Clifford are here on #GrandOldDay to kick off our #ReadAPalooza book drive benefiting @CommonBondComm! We’re giving a 25% discount on any full-price books purchased for the drive!! pic.twitter.com/dacFnDtQRk— Red Balloon Bookshop (@RedBalloonBooks) June 2, 2019
Hooray for Books in Alexandria, VA is collecting donations for The Campagna Center, a non-profit organization that equips children and families with a comprehensive set of tools they need to thrive and succeed.
Young readers got to meet Clifford and Dog Man at Square Books, Jr. in Oxford, MS. All books they collect will be distributed to local literacy-focused charities.
The staff at Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville, IL posed with Clifford and Dog Man.
Changing Hands Bookstore in Phoenix, AZ showed off some of the donated books in their book drive box. Their donations will go to the Burton Barr Library’s Books for Good program.
Summer is perfect for reading and a great time to share your love of books with others. Join us @PhxLibrary on Sat., June 22 from 12-2pm for @Scholastic’s #ReadaPalooza. Stop by our Phoenix store by June 20th to donate books for the library’s #BooksforGood program. pic.twitter.com/kPLI9K5DXQ— Changing Hands Kids and Teens (@ChangingHandsJr) June 15, 2019
Book People in Austin, TX shared some great photos from their Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Celebration. Their donations will go to BookSpring, an organization that works to build early literacy in children and families through healthcare, education, and the community.
The Eastern Shore Public Library in Accomack County, VA shared photos from their Read-a-Palooza event.
Fundamentals Books and More in Delaware, OH shared a photo when they dropped off over 150 donated books to Strengthening Families - United Way of Delaware County.
Join the Celebration!
Feeling the Give Back spirit? You can check out the Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza website to see if there is an upcoming Summer Reading Celebration near you. Or, check out the Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge! Kids can enter their minutes on the Challenge website to help reach minute milestones that will unlock book donations throughout the country–enabling your readers to help others near and far.