NEWPORT, R.I. – March Into Reading, a festival that brings together local families and authors in a celebration of children’s books, will be held Saturday, March 3 at Salve Regina University.
Free and open to children of all ages and their families, the annual festival features readings, workshops, book signings, children’s discover rooms and book sale. No reservations are required to attend the event, which will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at O’Hare Academic Center on Ochre Point Avenue.
Presented by the Aquidneck Collaborative for Education and Salve Regina University, this year’s reading festival will feature participation from eight local authors, including:
Sarah Albee, Laura Backman, Shennen Bersani, Catherine Friend, Laura Gates Galvin, Debbie Miller, Gordon Morrison and Seymour Simon.
Each year, March Into Reading impacts thousands of K-5th grade students, their families, teachers and librarians by inspiring an increased interest in reading while reinforcing the importance of literacy skills.
The program is made possible this year with the support of the Hamilton Family Foundation, Newport Public Education Foundation, People’s Credit Union, Middletown Education Foundation, The Newport Daily News, Portsmouth Public Education Foundation, Island Books, Newport Hotel Group, United Way of Rhode Island, Viking Tours
The Aquidneck Collaborative for Education (ACE) is a unique partnership of educational institutions spearheaded and coordinated by Salve Regina’s department of education. It is a non-profit association of Aquidneck Island educational institutions that was incorporated in 1993 and includes early childhood centers, independent, parochial, private and public elementary and secondary schools, the James L. Maher Center, Salve Regina University, Newport Campus of the Community College of Rhode Island and the U.S. Naval War College.
The ACE mission is to strengthen existing relations among the educational institutions, to promote education as a community value, to provide opportunities for professional development and instructional advancement, to share facilities and resources and to foster communication among the educational institutions and within the community.
For more information, call Kathryn Rok at 401-341-3157.