This summer, curl up with a good book.
Newark's South Ward residents are invited to take part in "South Ward Reads," a literacy campaign created by Councilman Ras Baraka. Students of all ages are urged to commit one hour each week to reading on their own or with a tutor or peers at Centers of Hope located throughout the South Ward.
"We've opened up these places called Center of Hope where children can go and be read to or read in a safe place," said Baraka.
Student athletes have been asked to devote one hour of practice time to read, and parents are encouraged to participate as well, said Baraka.
The following Centers of Hope will be open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3-7 p.m.:
- BRICK Avon Academy School, 219 Avon Ave.
- Bragaw Avenue School, 103 Bragaw Ave.
- International Youth Organization, 703 S. 12th St.
- Newark Public Library - Clinton Branch, 739 Bergen St.
- Newark Public Library - Weequahic Branch, 355 Osborne Terr.
Libraries will be open during regular business hours.
Residents can volunteer to read, tutor or supervise at Centers of Hope. Visit the councilman's Facebook page or call 973-733-3794 for more information.