Welcome! Login | Register

NEW: Pawtucket Mayor Grebien Blasts RI House Speaker Mattiello Over PawSox Failure—NEW: Pawtucket Mayor Grebien Blasts RI House Speaker…

NEW: President Trump Signs Executive Order Ending Family Separation—NEW: President Trump Signs Executive Order Ending Family…

Holy Cross Football to Induct Bill & Rob McGovern Into Legends Ring Of Honor—Holy Cross Football to Induct Bill & Rob…

Chef Walter’s Flavors + Knowledge: Baccala’ With Cauliflower Casserole—Chef Walter's Flavors + Knowledge: Baccala’ With Cauliflower…

16-Year-Old & Two Others Arrested on Gun Charges in Worcester—16-Year-Old & Two Others Arrested on Gun Charges…

Horowitz: Trump Alone Can Fix His Inhumane Border Policy—Horowitz: Trump Alone Can Fix His Inhumane Border…

Organize + Energize: 6 Things to do Before You Get Organized—Organize + Energize: 6 Things to do Before…

10 Great Pets in Need of Loving Homes - June 19, 2018—10 Great Pets in Need of Loving Homes…

Worcester Man Killed During Motorcycle Accident on Father’s Day—Worcester Man Killed During Motorcycle Accident on Father's…

Smart Benefits: Form 5500 Due July 31—Smart Benefits: Form 5500 Due July 31


Monfredo: Reading Week In Our City – Week Of June 5.. Join In & Support Reading

Sunday, June 05, 2016


Research continues to point out that reading regularly increases  vocabulary and improves skills.  In addition, developing your child’s reading and comprehension early on in their education also means that you are preparing them for the “real world.  Reading opens many doors to help them become successful in life.  If you can read you have open to you the world of knowledge for fluency in language and consequently communication skills are improved by reading.  

Worcester: the City that Reads organization founded by my wife Anne-Marie and me eleven years ago has attempted to use  every opportunity available  to highlight the importance of literacy in this community. We need to put the importance of reading in the forefront of this community as often as possible.  Thus, we  have set aside the week of June 5th as “Reading in our City Week.” Activities for the week are as follows:

A proclamation has been read by Mayor Joseph Petty at the Worcester School Committee Meeting on June 2nd declaring the importance of the Give a Book program and designating the week of June 5th  to the 11th as “Reading in Our City Week.”  

During “Reading Week” the 40,000 books collected  by “Worcester: the City that Reads” will be given out to Worcester Public School Students, Head Start, Rainbow Child Development, Plumley Village, Friendly House and other social organizations for summer reading. In elven years we have given out over 400,000 books in this city. In addition, the Worcester Public Schools will launch its “Summer Reading Kick off” and coordinate their efforts with the Worcester Public Library.  The Office of Curriculum and Professional Development will be distributing the Summer Reading Lists with writing assignments to all Worcester Public School students.  The list, writing assignments and model responses are posted on worcesterschool.org  home page.  The mandated summer reading program (reading of five books) will also give parents many ideas to assist their child in reading.  It is essential that parents pay attention to the summer reading assignments and encourage their child to reading throughout the summer.  Parents have to encourage their child to read at home each and every day during the summer months!

Worcester Public School nurses and Health Center nurses will be wearing “Read” buttons as a way of supporting the reading activities throughout the week. The message for everyone is – READ!  In addition, our nurses will take the time during the week to read to the students.  Adult Learning through HiSet Test and ESL Program will celebrate reading with literacy programs and  Head Start will take books on the move to the homes of the children.

Dr. Matilde Castiel, Commissioner of Health and Human Services will be having her staff read to students  as will UMass Memorial Health Care. The Girls’ Club of Worcester will engage their students Spelling B’s using the to 100 high frequency words that are essential for reading fluency and reading success and the girls will act out characters in books through pantomime and have the girls engage in a team vocabulary game.  Rainbow Child Development will open a new internal children’s lending library and parents will be encourage to sign on to receive Worcester READS messages via text.  In addition, during the week each book that is read will be recorded on a book shape and posted on the walls of the corridors. Also, The Belmont Zionist Church will be promoting  with their “Yes, we Care” after school program during the week highlighting the importance of reading.

During Reading in Our City Week, the YWCA Central MA Early Education and Childcare Department will focus on encouraging reading at home. They will distribute books to take home, activities that encourage reading and writing, give out information on ways to read to children and ways to  encourage a child to read.  In addition, City Manager Edward Augustus will be visiting to read to the children.

Plumley Village will be setting up tables so as the children get off the bus from school their parents will be  encouraged  to sign them up for the “Catch the Reading Bug Program”, a seven week camp and literay program Monday to Thursday for 10:00 to 1:00 with a Kick Off on June 18th. 

Mass Audubon’s Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary will be participating by welcoming all participants to enjoy their new Clem’s corner in the Visitor’s center, a place to relax with a good book on nature.   In addition, guest may  incorporate reading into an adventure on the trails of the sanctuary or go on a Worcester Reads scavenger hunt. 

 The  African Educational Center will have their students  reading comic books and graphic novels while taking photos in super hero costumes that they made themselves out of recycled materials.    The Worcester Public Library, a key player in promoting reading in the community i will once again have many special programs going on during reading week as well as during the summer months  and they encourage everyone to visit their website for more information.

John Monfredo, also stated that the Worcester Bravehearts baseball club, an organization that has continued to encourage literacy within the community,  will have a Baseball in Education Day and give out tickets to home games to the children who completed their work in the “Reading Home Run Club sponsored by Worcester: the City that Reads.

The Worcester Education Collaborative will continue to work on literacy skills with parents and students in a number of schools during the week.

The week will cap off on June 11th with Edward Street Services sponsoring their annual “Day of Play Family Festival” at Elm Park from 11:00 to 4:00.  Activities will include Literary Character “Pete the Cat”, a book reading of Pete the Cat Construction Destruction by James Dean, book related literacy project such as design your own playground, and a host of literacy activities.  There will also be picnic blankets with books for families to enjoy together. Also,Peep and Chirp from WGBH’s Peep the Big Wide World will be on hand.

At the other end of Worcester on the same day, the Worcester Convoy of Hope will have their event from 11:00 to 4;00 at University Park.  They hope to mobilize hundreds of area residents to serve and make a difference in their community. This is a collaborative effort to provide thousands of struggling people in our city with groceries, health services, community services, job fairs, family portraits, haircuts, prayer, and games and activities for children. All FREE of charge to each guest.  Also, free books, courtesy of Worcester: the City that Reads will be given out.

We have the momentum going in our quest to highlight reading in our community for we have two mobiles ( Libby and Lilly) leading the way throughout the city this summer and we have Worcester: the City that Reads putting books into the hands of our children.  It’s a great start but more needs to be done so please join us for this special week and continue to do what you can to make “Worcester: the City that Reads.”


Related Slideshow: Reading With Robin: Summer Reading 2016

Prev Next

The Assistants by Camille Perri

The Assistants by Camille Perri is pretty tough to miss. With its bright red jacket and former “books-at-large editor” at Cosmopolitan magazine author, this book seems to be on everyone’s list, as it well should be. When Tina, the assistant, is presented with a sum of money due to a technical error with her boss’s expense report she has some thinking to do. There is the matter of her student loan to consider. What’s a girl to do?

Prev Next

June by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

June by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore is a book I had been looking forward to since Miranda mentioned it at a book club Skype session. We were there to talk about her then current novel, Bittersweet (loved!), and naturally the subject of her next book arose. June is a delicious romp through the generations of June’s family. This suspenseful story takes place in a small town where a big Hollywood movie set up shop in the 1950’s and was never to be the same again. The love story in the heart of the novel is one for the books.

Prev Next

Rich and Pretty by Rumaan Alam

The second debut in my line-up is Rumaan Alam’s Rich and Pretty. I began following Rumaan on Twitter after reading his novel and find him as funny and charming online (@Rumaan) as on the page. Hailed by favorite authors: Mira Jacob, Emma Straub and Courtney Sullivan, you will be entertained from page one. “Sarah talks too loud. It’s a problem.” Alam’s career in fashion and publishing in New York has always had him surrounded by women. It’s with the knowledge and awareness of what goes on with us women that he brings to life so vividly the friendship of Sarah and Lauren. And friendship is the essence of what this book is about; that, and women.

Prev Next

Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty by Ramona Ausubel

Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty by Ramona Ausubel is a book I enjoyed one snowy afternoon and barely put it down. Set in the 1960s and 70s, it’s about a wealthy New England family who finds out at a Labor Day at their family home on Martha’s Vineyard that the family money has run out. Gasp! Fern and Edgar, married with three children, each react to the situation in different ways both of which end with the children unwittingly left alone in the house. There’s no place like home. Really?

Prev Next

The Invincible Summer by Alice Adams 

Debut #3 is Invincible Summer by Alice Adams. In this gorgeous novel the reader will travel, along with four college friends, from the college campus to London, the Greek islands and beyond. I love books about friends who meet in college, which is such a pivotal time. When done well this leads to rich storytelling, as is the case in Invincible Summer. I’m glad to read the author is busy writing her next novel. I can hardly wait!

Prev Next

By The Numbers by Jen Lancaster

Jen Lancaster’s By The Numbers just might be my favorite Lancaster book thus far and I’ve been a fan for many books dating back to Bitter is the New Black. With Jen’s dead-on sense of humor and always full of heart, this latest novel has at its center the major upheaval of the Sinclair family. And just when Penny Sinclair has things figured out, everyone returns to the family home and things don’t go according to Penny’s carefully laid out plan. Do they ever?

Prev Next

A Certain Age by Beatriz Williams 

You had me at Beatriz Williams. I was first introduced to Williams’ novels when I picked up and could not put down A Hundred Summers several summers ago. The latest novel, A Certain Age is a stand-alone book (those that followed Summers were not) and has Williams’ well-honed look at an era gone by. The Jazz Age figures prominently in this delicious story, which takes the reader from Fifth Avenue to Southampton, Long Island. You can almost hear the music and feel the Sound’s breeze. (LI Sound, that is) Glamour, humor and gorgeous writing, A Certain Age is just that good. 

Prev Next

The After Party by Anton DiSclafani

The After Party by Anton DiSclafani with its brilliant emerald with pearls standout cover is such a joy I have been thrusting it into readers’ hands wherever possible. I do this sometimes, be warned. Set in the world of 1950’s Texan socialites, this story is about friendship. Joan and Cece have on the most complex friendships in recent fiction memory. The drama, tension, loyalty and drinks come full circle as their story unfolds. Pour yourself a tall one and ring for refills. You will not want to put this book down. 

Prev Next

Modern Lovers by Emma Straub

Emma Straub’s Modern Lovers was a book I was really looking forward to after loving The Vacationers so very much two summers ago. The hits just keep on coming and now Modern Lovers is my new Straub favorite. The three friends at the center of this novel meet in college and now all live in the place where all magic happens, Brooklyn. Elizabeth, Andrew and Zoe are turning 50. A time of reflection, passion, some regret and of course humor holding it all together. There is still the matter of the fourth and famous member of their band who died. Dealing with that brings up, well, you can just imagine. Loved it!

Prev Next

Tuesday Nights in 1980 by Molly Prentiss

Molly Prentiss had me at 1980! In her debut novel, Tuesday Nights in 1980 we meet three characters who come together with seemingly little in common other than location- Soho circa early ‘80s. With comparisons to Meg Wolitzer’s The Interestings and Jennifer Egan’s A Visit From The Good Squad this exquisite story blends art, community and the city’s landscape. I can only hope that the soundtrack is on its way.

Prev Next

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

Last but by no means least, Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld. Whether you are a Jane Austen fan or not (and who isn’t?) this modern retelling of Pride And Prejudice with its clever, funny, and snappy dialogue is almost too good to be true. Wait until you meet this cast of characters. The Bennett family in Eligible lives in Cincinnati, which is both, maligned and celebrated in equal measure. This story has one of my favorite novel set-ups, adult children living together in the family home. And of course the love interests! For the Bennett sisters there is no shortage of men both eligible and not so eligible. Don’t be put off by its 500 pages, you must find out if he does, indeed, put a ring on it!


Related Articles


Enjoy this post? Share it with others.



Stay Connected — Free
Daily Email