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Looking Forward to Bookmarks Summer Reading Program

The annual Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors, held on the second Saturday of September, in downtown Winston-Salem, is always one of our favorite events of the year.

In 2015, Bookmarks established a Summer Reading Program aimed at connecting young readers with festival authors:

Bookmarks Summer Reading Program, now in its second year, helps students, parents, and teachers prepare for the annual Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors, which, this year, is being held September 8 – 10. K-12 students across North Carolina are invited to participate in the Summer Reading Program with written, visual, and video responses to books on Bookmarks Summer Reading list, including authors featured at the Festival and NC standard reading lists. Participants will have the chance to earn books, cash prizes, and more.

Middle and High School students who complete the responses will be entered to win a cash prize in
three categories—written response, illustrated response, video response. Middle and High School student entries will be judged together.

Students K-3 who read at least ten books and complete the response project will receive a completion prize of a voucher for a free book (of participants’ choice) to be redeemed at the Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors. Students grades 4-12 who read the required number of books and complete the response project also will receive a completion prize of a voucher for a free book (of participants’ choice).

And just this month, Bookmarks announced a new partnership with Blue Door Group of Coldwell Banker Triad, Realtors. Blue Door Group will donate a percentage of all 2016 home commissions to support Bookmarks 2016 Summer Reading Program.

The Summer Reading Program Kick-off Party will be held on Thursday, May 12 from 5:30–7:30 pm at the William G. White Family YMCA at 775 West End Blvd., in Winston-Salem. Kids of all ages, parents, and teachers are invited to this free event to learn more about the 2016 Bookmarks Summer Reading Program presented by Blue Door Group! Enjoy pizza, games, prizes, and a short presentation by 2016 Festival Author Bonnie J. Doerr. Please reserve your space: rsvp@bookmarksnc.org / 336-747-1471.