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Read for the Record
Hundreds Gather for ‘Read for the Record’ with Shelby County Schools and Memphis Public Libraries
Posted on 11/07/2019
Memphis Public Libraries and Shelby County Schools joined together Thursday, November 7, at Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library to take part in Jumpstart’s 14th annual "Read for the Record." The event, heralded as the world’s largest shared reading experience, aims to bring awareness to early childhood literacy across the country. Jumpstart is a national early education organization working to provide language, literacy, and social-emotional programming for preschool and elementary aged children from under-resourced communities while also promoting quality early learning across the board for all children.

Mayor Jim Strickland, Shelby County Clerk Wanda Halbert, news anchor Mearl Purvis, Director of Libraries Keenon McCloy, Director of Solid Waste Albert Lamar, Director of Youth Services Ike Griffith, SCS Superintendent Dr. Joris Ray and others gathered to read this year’s selected work -- "Thank You, Omu!" Northaven Elementary, Delano Elementary, and Shelby Oaks Elementary were among the participating schools. Over 250 students took part. 

"The purpose of Read for the Record is to raise awareness about the importance of early literacy. We would like children and caregivers in this community to know early literacy matters.” says Jamie Griffin, Memphis Public Library’s Child Services Coordinator. “And when I say 'we' I am not just referring to the Memphis Public Libraries, but our community leaders as well, which is why they are coming out to support the library in this effort."

More information regarding Jumpstart’s "Read for the Record" initiative can be found here.

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