Read Across America

Benjamin Hooks Main Library

Friday, March 1st 2013 at 3:30pm

Poplar Ave

Memphis, TN

3030 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38111
The 17 cities along the reading Cat-a-Van route include Phoenix, Ariz.; Boise, Idaho; Las Vegas, Nev.; Albuquerque, N.M.; Little Rock, Ark.; Sherwood, Ark.; Nashville, Tenn.; Hopkinsville, Ky.; Indianapolis, Ind.; East Cleveland, Ohio; Warren, Mich.; Lansing, Mich.; Charleston, W.V.; Charlotte, N.C.; Atlanta, Ga.; Orlando, Fla.; and Miami, Fla.
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If you serve a high needs student population and are in need of books for your reading event, check out the First Book Marketplace, run by Read Across America partner First Book. They have books by Dr. Seuss and many of your favorite authors at significant discounts. And if you qualify, sign up to become a First Book recipient of free books.
This week, three Cat-a-Vans will log more than 5,100 miles as they travel from coast to coast to celebrate NEA’s Read Across America and deliver an important message about reading—and brushing their teeth.Originally created as a one-day event to celebrate the joy of reading, Read Across America, sponsored by NEA and Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P., has grown into a nationwide initiative that promotes reading every day. More than 45 Million people young and old participate annually in the literacy program.Along the reading route this week, more than 20,000 books, toothbrushes, tooth timers and other goodies will be distributed to students to keep them reading and brushing at home. Renaissance Dental also will be distributing more than $30,000 in grants to public schools visited by the Cat-a-Van Reading Tour to help keep their libraries stocked with books and other reading inspiration.Reports show that American students miss 51 million hours of school every year because of oral health problems. In fact, tooth decay continues to be the single most common chronic childhood illness—about five times more common than asthma.