Throughout the summer, we will be hosting Summer Reading Parties to promote summer learning. These fun-filled events complement summer programming at both Harrisonburg City and Rockingham County public schools. Students play games, participate in story time, enjoy literacy-themed activites, gain access to the Massanutten Regional Library summer reading tracker and select free books to read at home during the summer vacation.
Reading opens up a world of new opportunities for students! It can lead to academic success, on-time graduation, and stable employment. But getting all of our local children reading at grade level is a huge task. That's why we've launched "We Read to Succeed", a community-wide literacy initiative.
On February 18, 2016, we became a national grade-level reading community. We join communities across the country who are taking a collective, community-wide approach to addressing literacy.
A We Read to Succeed advisory council oversees our progress. Mary Ann Alger chairs the council, which includes representatives from: Harrisonburg City Public Schools, Rockingham County Public Schools, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club, Massanutten Regional Library, Harrisonburg Chamber of Commerce, Harrisonburg Rotary Club, James Madison University, Smart Beginnings Shenandoah Valley, United Way and AmeriCorps VISTA.
There are many different opportunities to volunteer to improve literacy in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. To find out about these opportunities and sign up to volunteer all you have to do is make a profile on Get Connected, our volunteer portal. There, you can find opportunities to help build literacy in our community through partners like the Massanutten Regional Library and Skyline Literacy.