Montgomery County Public Libraries Celebrates ‘Read Across America Week’ March 2-6 with Volunteers Pairing with Children in Reading Program

by Patrick Herron

Per Montgomery County: Montgomery County Public Libraries is partnering with the Jewish Council for the Aging Heyman Interages Center (JCA), or Interages, to celebrate “Read Across America Week” by providing a reading program at selected branches. The special week is March 2-6. The one-on-one program will pair JCA volunteers with children between kindergarten and third grade. The volunteers have been recruited, vetted and trained by JCA in communication and intergenerational interaction. Reading sessions will be at the Gaithersburg and Wheaton libraries.

“Getting our young people inspired to read is one of the most important things we can do in providing great educations for our upcoming generations,” said County Executive Marc Elrich. “Having a reading partner often is the key to making reading fun and interesting. The Read Across America program in which Montgomery County Public Libraries partners with the Jewish Council for the Aging is a model program we should duplicate wherever possible—including right at home.”

Children can bring their own book to the reading sessions or select one from the library. Participants can just drop-in to the program. Advanced registration or appointments are not needed.
The program dates, times and locations:

  • Saturday, March 4. 1-3 p.m. Gaithersburg Library, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg.
  • Sunday, March 5. 1-3 p.m. Wheaton Library, 11701 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring.

For more information about the program, contact Clotilde Puértolas at


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