4th Annual Literacy Across Harlem March, Book Drive & Community Celebration — Saturday, September 19, 2015 – 12PM-3PM
Once a year, Total Equity Now and our Literacy Across Harlem partners mobilize Harlemites to take to the streets and promote reading, build relationships with neighbors around a positive cause, and donate new and like-new books to Harlem children and families living in shelters.
How to Participate in the 3rd Annual Literacy Across Harlem March
It’s easy! First, prepare to #RockThoseReads (publicly display your identity as a reader) by selecting one of your favorite books of all time AND setting aside (or purchasing) a new or like-new children’s book to donate to a shelter in Harlem. Then, at . . .
12PM (sharp!) – Join your neighbors for a pre-march reading rally! Your choice: La Casa Azul Bookstore (143 E. 103rd Street between Park and Lexington Avenues) or Sister’s Uptown Bookstore & Cultural Center (1942 Amsterdam Avenue at 156th Street).
12:30PM – Ready, set, go! Guided by knowledgeable community ambassadors past historic reading-related landmarks, enjoy delicious samples from TEN’s Literacy Across Harlem Day partner cafes: Cafe One, Astor Row Cafe, and East Harlem Cafe!
2PM – Arrive at Marcus Garvey Park’s Richard Rodgers Amphitheater, in the heart of Harlem; place your donated book on the stage, helping to build a small mountain of reading gifts; and participate in an interactive, family-friendly community celebration of reading and writing!
How to Organize a Literacy Across Harlem March Team
If you are interested in organizing your Harlem-based school, student organization or athletic team, book club, civic association, faith-based institution, local business, or other community-based entity to participate as a team, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include (1) your name and title/position, (2) the name of your organization/school/local business/etc., (3) your telephone number, and (4) an estimate of how many individuals will march with your team.
Groups owning matching t-shirts are encouraged to wear them that afternoon in order to show both team pride and an organizational commitment to reading and community empowerment!