Mayor Holden’s My Brother’s Keeper – Baton Rouge hosts Reading Kickoff

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Mayor-President Melvin L. “Kip” Holden announced today that his office’s My Brother’s Keeper – Baton Rouge Reads kickoff will be held on Nov. 22 at Barnes and Noble, 2590 Citiplace Court, in Baton Rouge.
MBK-BR Reads is part of the community challenge to improve life outcomes for children, especially boys of color.  MBK-BR Reads will recruit volunteers to be Reading Friends to children to help ensure they read on level by third grade.  Volunteers are asked to spend one hour per week reading with a child at various schools within the MBK-BR targeted areas.    
“Reading really is fundamental so it’s important for us to help our kids in the community learn to read and encourage them to read as much as possible,” said Mayor Holden. “This program is an important step in that direction.”
As part of the kickoff, the Mayor along with partners – Volunteers in Public Schools, East Baton Rouge Parish Library, and sororities and fraternities — will read stories and talk about the importance of being MBK-BR Readers.  Volunteers will be able to sign up to be a MBK-BR Reader and there will be book giveaways for the kids.  The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
MBK-BR is also the recipient of the Barnes and Noble Holiday Book Drive which runs through Jan. 1, 2017. Participants can make monetary donations at the store. All of the proceeds will be used to purchase books that will be donated to MBK-BR.

For more information, contact Gail Grover at (225) 389-5350 or Erin Porche’ at (225) 389-4222 or send an email to

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