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ReadBoston Storymobile will roll through East Boston streets this summer, July 9–August 17

(Boston- June 28, 2012)  The ReadBoston Storymobile will be rolling through the streets of Boston this summer providing children with fun, interactive storytelling events and free, new books to take home.

The goal of the Storymobile program is to promote regular reading and to build literacy skills outside of the classroom. The phenomenon of Summer Slide, which puts many students 3-4 months behind when school beings in September, can be avoided if they have access to as few as six books to read and re-read over the summer months.

The Storymobile program will run weekdays July 9th through August 17th to offer the children of Boston a free and fun alternative for summertime adventure. The program is open to all children from 2 to 8 years old, with over 80 convenient locations throughout the city.

“There are no vacations from reading in the summer,” says Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino. “It is so important that our young people have the opportunity to hear stories, to take books home and to read them with their parents. ReadBoston’s Storymobile program makes that possible.”

ReadBoston’s Storymobile program is one of the largest of its kind, hiring professional local storytellers to entertain and educate Boston’s children during the summer months. Not only does each child enjoy watching a story brought to life each week through tales and song, but they get to choose a book to bring home and keep.


Constitution Beach - Tennis Courts
Tuesdays at 11:15 AM
7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31, 8/7 & 8/14

East Boston Stadium
On Porter Street @ The Playground
Wednesdays at 10:00 AM
7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8 & 8/15

East Boston YMCA @ Ashley Street
54 Ashley Street
Wednesdays at 1:15 PM
7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8 & 8/15

Jeffries Point Child Care Center
425 Sumner Street
Tuesdays at 10:00 AM
7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31, 8/7 & 8/14

Little Folks Day Care
65 Trenton Street
Wednesdays at 11:15 AM
7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8 & 8/15

About ReadBoston:
ReadBoston, a non-profit children’s literacy program founded by Mayor Thomas Menino, has an ambitious goal: to ensure that every child in Boston can read at grade level by the end of the third grade. Third grade has been chosen as the standard because until the third grade a child learns to read; after the third grade a child reads to learn. Children who can read at grade level by the time they enter the fourth grade are more likely to continue to experience educational success, graduate from high school, secure post-secondary education, and enjoy higher levels of professional challenge and financial security.

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