Little Read
Peter Coyl at The Little Read, 2017. COURTESY MONTCLAIR PUBLIC LIBRARY

The Montclair Public Library will celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Little Read in October. The Little Read is a children’s read-aloud marathon that brings together Montclair neighbors, writers, local heroes, and celebrities in a town-wide celebration of literacy and community. The free event will take place over the course of five days from Oct. 16 to Oct. 20 in different locations in Montclair. MPL will host a community birthday party on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 4:30 p.m. Cupcakes will be served.

MPL is anticipating over 800 children will be read to over the five day period. The library has invited local pre-schools and the Kindergarten classes from Montclair Public Schools for readings at the Main Library and Bellevue Avenue Branch Tuesday through Friday morning.

One of the most popular events is the Bedtime Stories evening. Children will enjoy cookies on Friday, Oct. 19, while watching Mayor Robert Jackson, Library Director Peter Coyl, and many others read from the “Big Red Chair.”

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On Saturday, October. 20 at 11 a.m., Fire Chief John Herrmann and his firefighters will read aloud their favorite stories at Fire Station 2, 588 Valley Road.  A new location this year is Cornerstone Montclair, 189 Bellevue Ave. Cornerstone Montclair will host an inclusive community read for children of all abilities. Montclair Public Library is at 50 South Fullerton Ave. For more information and a full schedule, visit montclairlibrary.org

The Little Read event schedule that is open to the public is as follows:

Wednesday, Oct. 17
5:30-6 p.m.:  Little Read Birthday Party Main Library Auditorium

Friday, Oct. 19
7-8 p.m.: Mayor Jackson and Peter Coyl will read Bedtime Stories, Montclair Public Library Auditorium

Saturday, Oct. 20
11 a.m.-noon:  Firefighters will read at the Montclair Fire Department, 588 Valley Road

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Wally Choice Community Center, 115 Bloomfield Ave.

Noon-1 p.m.: An inclusive community read for children of all abilities at Cornerstone Montclair, 198 Bellevue Ave.

1-2 p.m.:  Museum staff will read at the Montclair Art Museum, 3 South Mountain Avenue