Adria Winfield, AmeriCorps VISTA | October 26, 2017
The Reading Group, a Birth to Career Collaborative Working Group, held its first public event, Santa Fe’s Ready to Read, on Saturday, October 14th. Young readers visited the Santa Fe Railyard from 5 to 7 pm, where they had the opportunity to practice their literacy skills with an audience of mini horses, provided by My Little Horse Listener. Parents and volunteers from the May Center for Learning hosted a free children’s carnival and attendees were entertained by a performance by kids from the National Dance Institute. Readers of all ages were interviewed by the Santa Fe School for the Arts & Sciences about their favorite books and why they read.
Local author Gary Worth Moody, Charter Agent #35 (AKA Benjamin Geary) of Meow Wolf, held a story corner along with local attorney Tom Clark who read Guess How Much I Love You in the Winter. Ready to Read volunteers were spotted enjoying the story of Princess Cinnamon and a tiger. Mr. Moody also donated the proceeds from the Caja del Rio Poetry Workshop. Best of all, many youngsters (and parents) took home books from a wide selection of titles donated by the Santa Fe community. Several kids told us how much they love to read. Mayor Javier Gonzales spoke about the life-long impact of being a good reader. At the culmination of Ready to Read, the Rail Yard tower was lighted red in honor of literacy.
Ready to Read Participants:
Santa Fe Public Library
Friends of the Santa Fe Library
Santa Fe School for Arts and Sciences
May Center for Learning
Southwest International Dyslexia Association
Santa Fe Literacy Volunteers
Santa Fe Birth 2 Career
United Way of Santa Fe County
National Dance Institute – New Mexico
My Little Horse Listener
Mentoring Kids Works
Worlds through Words