Free books, celebrity ‘wrappers’

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Sarah Zawaly of Children Inc., talks to parents about shared reading strategies at the Read Ready Covington Popup Holiday Bookstore last Friday. 

Read Ready Covington popup store to give gift of reading 

COVINGTON, Ky. - Read Ready Covington wants to help parents give the gift of reading this holiday season.
The early childhood literacy initiative will hold a Popup Holiday Bookstore on Tuesday at the Community Center of City Heights. It’s for parents and caregivers who live in the City Heights and Latonia Terrace complexes or who participate in the housing choice voucher program (formerly known as “Section 8”).
The bookstore will be open from noon to 2 p.m. It will feature:
  • A quick demonstration on shared-reading strategies.
  • Free books for children, ages birth through 9.
  • Free wrapping - either by the parents themselves or by celebrity “wrappers” (aka Covington firefighters).
  • Snacks.
  • Information tables manned by representatives from Covington schools and the U.S. Census Bureau.
A similar popup store was held Friday at the Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission’s Eastside Head Start Center.
“We held one popup store last year, and because of its success this year we’re holding two,” said Mary Kay Connolly, who is coordinating Read Ready Covington. “Between the two, we expect to give out several hundred books.”
Connolly said the store was made possible with the help of numerous Read Ready Covington partners, including the Housing Authority of Covington, the Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission, Census 2020, Children Inc., and Covington Independent Public Schools.
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