The Mayor’s Summer Reading Club (MSRC) is a program for children ages birth to five and their families that takes place in various locations throughout the city of Atlanta each summer.

What is the Mayor’s Summer Reading Club?

The Mayor’s Summer Reading Club (MSRC) is a program for children ages birth to five and their families that takes place in various locations throughout the City of Atlanta each summer. Every year, we announce a city-wide book choice for infants and children ages 2-5 to share with their families. We work with direct service programs to distribute copies of the books at no cost to children, and we encourage schools and early education programs to introduce the story and distribute the books to children they serve.

Throughout the summer, libraries, summer, museums, farmers’ markets, and other institutions in Atlanta hold “book club reads” to model research-based methods of reading books with children and host enrichment events based upon the stories. The books come to life as children enjoy arts and crafts activities, drama exercises, and other hands on activities designed to make the language in the stories meaningful to children. 2022’s choices for infants are I’ll Build You A Bookcase, by Jean Ciborowski Fahey. This summer’s book for 3 to 5-year-olds is another collaboration between GEEARS’ Mayor’s Summer Reading Club, the Alliance Theatre, and the Atlanta Speech School, funded by our partners at PNC. The book, Atlanta, My Home, is written by local author Breanna J. McDaniel, and again illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. 

Who sponsors the Mayor’s Summer Reading Club?

GEEARS: The Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students convenes and coordinates the MSRC which is funded by PNC, the United Way of Greater Atlanta, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Along with the funding, the real keys to the program’s success are the efforts of the Atlanta Speech School, the Alliance Theatre, and the dozens of partner organizations who work to sponsor individual activities, distribute books, and spread the word to parents and children. Finally, the MSRC owes special thanks to the Mayor’s Office of the City of Atlanta for its continuing partnership and support.

 

How can I participate as a partner?

We need civic organizations and institutions to partner with us! Partners agree to do at least one “read” during the summer and host at least one activity related to the books selected. These events are intended to be low-cost and easy for the sponsoring organizations. 

In addition, partners agree to send us information about their event to include on our summer reading calendar, assist us in promoting MSRC events and program information on social media, and encourage participant engagement after book club activities. In addition, partners agree to complete a short survey after their event so that we can keep track of attendance and other information.

The 2022 Mayor’s Summer Reading Club partner application is now closed.