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Reading Rocks in Rockford with new festival

August 20, 2009 // 0 Comments

Get ‘fired up for reading’ with firemen or read to Ruff Readers dog What do dogs, firefighters, theater, a parade, breakfast with VIP authors and pennies all have in common? The answer is Reading Rocks in Rockford, a new family-friendly and all-ages festival to be held in downtown Rockford on Saturday, August 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rockford Rotary and Rockford Public Schools are teaming up with local businesses and Krause Memorial Library to celebrate the joy of reading through a variety of exciting venues. Jennifer German, branch manager of Krause Memorial Library (KML), is thrilled to have a reading festival downtown and hopes the event will become an annual family favorite. “I think it’s wonderful Rotary chose a reading festival. They have come up with some very unique and creative ways to highlight reading on many levels,” she said. Events will take place at several locations in Rockford, including KML, City Hall and the fire barn, Reading Books Train Depot, Rockford Ace Hardware, Garden Club Park, the Rotary Pavilion, Speed Merchants and Pegasus Sports. Stroll through town to visit your favorite events—stop in for just a few or stay all day. The festival kicks off at 8:30 a.m. with a breakfast at KML with local authors. Book clubs and the public are encouraged to attend and meet the festival authors. The cost is just $4 per person. Register by calling the library at (616) 647-3940. Authors include Jeffrey Schatzer and Carl Behrend. At 9:45 a.m. the community is invited to take part in a storybook parade. Dress up as a favorite storybook character and meet at City Hall for the sidewalk parade. Hear Bob the Builder read aloud at Rockford Ace Hardware from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. there will be events at the Rotary Pavilion on the corner of Squires and Courtland streets (across from Arnie’s Restaurant and Bakery). Watch mime Michael Lee share “Stories Beyond Words” and Rockford Public School administrators and Rotarians will read. At 12:30 p.m. enjoy the 4-H Clown Theater followed by more VIP readers. During the same time frame, events will also take place at Garden Club Park on the banks of the Rogue River (behind Arnie’s). Hear Carl Behrend, folksinger […]