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Kids' Night Out!


Main Street Books and AR Workshop invite young readers to an evening of creating and reading in celebration of Read Across America day.

Parents, treat yourself to a night out while your kids paint their own “Read Across America” totes, soak up a read-aloud, and take home a great book to keep their reading gears turning. Reserve a spot for your child(ren) by clicking the button below.

NEA’s Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading. In our diverse and complex society, students need books that provide both windows and mirrors if we are going to create more readers, writers, and people who feel included and recognized, and who understand that the world is far richer than just their experiences alone.

Read Across America workshop participants will have an opportunity to chose one of the following books to take home in their spiffy new tote bags:

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Is That You, Eleanor Sue? by Tricia Tusa

Eleanor Sue is a master of disguise, but when her mother gets in on the act, along with Grandma, anything can happen in this whimsical picture book by award-winning author/illustrator Tricia Tusa.

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Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

Merci Suarez knew that sixth grade would be different, but she had no idea just how different. For starters, Merci has never been like the other kids at her private school in Florida, because she and her older brother, Roli, are scholarship students. They don’t have a big house or a fancy boat, and they have to do extra community service to make up for their free tuition. So when bossy Edna Santos sets her sights on the new boy who happens to be Merci’s school-assigned Sunshine Buddy, Merci becomes the target of Edna’s jealousy. Things aren't going well at home, either: Merci’s grandfather and most trusted ally, Lolo, has been acting strangely lately — forgetting important things, falling from his bike, and getting angry over nothing. No one in her family will tell Merci what's going on, so she’s left to her own worries, while also feeling all on her own at school. In a coming-of-age tale full of humor and wisdom, award-winning author Meg Medina gets to the heart of the confusion and constant change that defines middle school — and the steadfast connection that defines family.


This event will be held at AR Workshop in Davidson.

Earlier Event: February 28
Jazz and Friends Reading and Discussion
Later Event: March 2
STEAM Stories with Maura