Community reading program to get under way


During February, five area elementary schools will read Beverly Cleary’s The Mouse and the Motorcycle.

Each school night, about 2,000 families will read a chapter out loud to their children, reported Jan Bates, children’s program coordinator for Northumberland Public Library.

At 6:45 a.m. the next day, radio station WRAR, 105.5 will announce The Mouse and the Motorcycle trivia question. Stevieʼs Ice Cream in Kilmarnock is donating gift certificates as prizes for winning answers in a daily trivia game raffle at participating schools.

“The biggest prize is the overwhelming excitement created when everyone is reading and talking about the same book at the same time,” said Bates.

Most of the participating schools have a scholarship fund to purchase books for families who request a “Scholarship Book.”

Home-schooled and private school elementary students can participate by purchasing the book and acquiring the reading schedule at nplva.org. The library will have a reward program for the Northern Neck Home School Group.

The One School One Book program, sponsored by Read To Them Inc. in Richmond, is designed to create a community of readers. It has been an annual event in Northumberland County for about 15 years.



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