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Our Summer Reading for Kids Rocked!!!

In June, we purchased 450 new books and delivered them to Title One elementary schools in Hollywood. With the help of two other local nonprofits, Cheremoya Foundation and Hollywood Arts Council, a total of 800 books were purchased!

This was our second year hosting three book talks at the Hollywood Goldwyn Library, kicked off with Councilmember Mitch OFarrell reading to the kids– and he was incredible! Our booktalks had an art component, healthy snacks provided by Kim Woo the awesome librarian, pizza from us, and coffee for parents generously donated by Sunset/Gower Starbucks. The talemted Cecil Castellucci stopped by for our teen discussion of Beige.

Counterpoint Records and Books donated some books for a bookswap, and at our final meeting last week, we allowed our fabulous kid readers to take a few for their home libraries.

We will sponsor the second Hollywood Children’s Book Fair on November 14th from 12-4. In the meantime, we’re back to focusing on the homeless.

Until next time, we leave you with these awesome images:IMG_20150623_162609

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Win A copy of Beige by Cecil Castellucci & Come Discuss it with Us!

Beige by Cecil Castellucci

Beige by Cecil Castellucci

We bought five copies of Beige by Cecil Castellucci to give away for our (only) young adult book talk at the Goldwyn Library on Tuesday July 14 @ 3:00. (Children’s book group discussing Frindle will immediately follow at 4:00pm. Stick around for both)

We will have pizza and snacks– and best of all we’ll be discussing one of our favorite books (which we’ve quoted on PRM jewelry!)!

If you would like to win a copy, please email info@punkrockmarthas.com and give your mailing (street) address. Marthas are eligible to enter and win. The first five emails will win copies!

Whether you win a copy, buy a copy, or check one out from the library, we hope to see you on the 14th, punks!!

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Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell to Kick Off Our Summer Reading for Children!

CD 13 Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell with The BFG

CD 13 Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell with The BFG

Councilmember O’Farrell will kick off our second summer reading program at the Goldwyn Library by reading from Roald Dahl’s The BFG. We could not be more excited!

Please join us on Tuesday (and bring as many kids as you can!) June 23rd at 4:00pm at the Hollywood Goldwyn Library (1623 North Ivar Avenue) upstairs in the children’s reading area. We will bring some yummy snacks!

We donated 450 books to children this summer (and our friends CF and the HAC brought the total to 800!) Come celebrate books and summer with our very special guest, and us!! Stick around after his reading to discuss the book with us!

See you there!!

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Our Summer Reading Program for Children- Year Two!!

imageWe are ecstatic to be returning to the Hollywood Goldwyn Library again this summer to discuss books with local elementary school kids. Literacy is a huge deal! It is key to academic success in every subject and a strong determinate as to whether a child will graduate from high school. Yet by fourth grade, children of low socioeconomic status are a full year behind in their reading abilities, which worsens every summer when they’re out of school.

This year we purchased over 450 brand new chapter books that were donated to students in Hollywood. We partnered with Cheremoya Foundation and Hollywood Arts Council who also purchased and donated books, bringing the total of books delivered to kids in Hollywood to 800!!
All books were of one of three titles from award-winning authors. We will be leading discussions (with snacks!!) with students who have read the books and also with children who want to. Please join us at the Goldwyn Library on the following Tuesdays:

Tuesday June 23rd at 4:00 The BFG by Roald Dahl
Tuesday July 14th at 4:00 Frindle by Andrew Clements
Tuesday August 4th at 4:00 Lawnboy by Gary Paulson

We are also doing one teen book, Beige by Cecil Castellucci, on Tuesday July 14th at 3:00 (so you can come and stick around for both!)

We look forward to seeing you!