Books and Balloons in New Center Park

RX for Reading Detroit was thrilled to be part of an end-of-summer celebration of reading at New Center Park in Detroit.  Storytime panorama.

Organized by one of our community partners, Detroit Little Libraries, the event included a public build of Little Free Libraries and a special recognition of Detroit as the fastest growing community of Little Free Libraries in the country.  The award was presented to Aliyah Sabree, the Mayor’s Liason to City Council, by Todd Bol, founder of the international Little Free Library movement.

Aliyah Sabree of the Mayor's Office, Todd Bol or Little Free Libraries, and Kim Kozlowski of Detroit Little Libraries.

Aliyah Sabree of the Mayor’s Office, Todd Bol of Little Free Libraries, and Kim Kozlowski of Detroit Little Libraries.

Ms. Aliyah Sabree, the Mayor's Liason to the City Council, accepts the award on behalf of the city.

Ms. Aliyah Sabree, the Mayor’s Liason to the City Council, accepts the award on behalf of the city.

RX for Reading invited two local preschools to be part of the story hour festivities, which featured Paul Murphy, head speech writer for GM.  Paul read the wonderful book “Silly Sally Goes to the Zoo,” written by his late wife Sally Laux Murphy.  The book follows Sally, a young girl in a wheelchair, as she meets all the animals–from A to Z–at a crazy, mixed up zoo.  The kids loved Sally and her animal adventures.

Paul Murphy reads "Silly Sally Goes to the Zoo."

Paul Murphy reads “Silly Sally Goes to the Zoo.”

RX for Reading Director Mary-Catherine Harrison chats with some of the kids.

RX for Reading Director Mary-Catherine Harrison chats with some of the kids.

All of the children who attended the event chose a new book to take home from RX for Reading, and each of the preschools received a collection of books for their classroom.

RX for Reading volunteer and UDM undergraduate Renesha Smoot Grafton helps kids pick out their books.

RX for Reading volunteer and UDM undergraduate Renesha Smoot Grafton helping kids pick out their books.

Doc McStuffins!

Another happy reader–with Doc McStuffins!

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