A True Community Effort Brings Back the Great Big Read for Its Second Year
The Great Big Read is not only a free and fun literacy event, it truly is a “great big” community effort. About 20 different local businesses, community groups, and educational organizations rallied their resources together with the Downtown Stockton alliance to bring this colorful fair back to Janet Leigh Plaza on April 29, 11 am – 2 pm.
“Loki Rhythm is very proud to be a partner with the Downtown Stockton Alliance and the Great Big Read. We believe in sharing our love of reading, music and learning with all families. We look forward to a great day of celebration with the great City of Stockton,” commented Manny Moreno of Loki Rhythms.
Loki Rhythms is a group of Central Valley musicians who appreciate the diversity of California and incorporate sounds from around the world into their amazing performances. They will provide live music in the PERFORM zone as well as a sound system for artists from With Our Words and for the readers in the CONNECT zone.
Mayor Michael Tubbs and Councilmember Jesus Andrade are among those who volunteered their time to read out loud to the kids participating in the Great Big Read. The kids will also receive books from a book-drive organized by Reality Stockton Church. San Joaquin County Library Literacy Foundation is donating hundreds more of free books which will be for grabs in the READ zone right next to a public library card sign up station.
Volunteers from TEAM Charter School and The Campus Downtown will staff PLAY and GROW zones where younger kids will be able to participate in creative activities and games. A local self-made artist and community activist, Mary Coffey, will draw colorful chalk art illustrations in the CREATE zone.
Event partners and sponsors made sure that the participants can nourish not only their minds but bodies as well. The NOURISH zone will have free and healthy snacks and water donated by the Pacific Founding Group and Susan McCormac of Old Republic Title. Downtown merchants located in the Janet Leigh Plaza, Starbucks, Moo Moo’s Burger Barn and Subway, agreed to open their bathroom facilities to the event attendees.
Fun at the Great Big Read does not end there! There will be many more surprises waiting for those who join the Downtown Stockton Alliance and their many partners on Saturday in front of the downtown movie theater. The event is free and family friendly.
More information and a list of all partners are available at www.downtownstockton.org
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