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Viva Monrovia Reads

April 23rd, 2009 by Temple City Tribune

Monrovia Reads, the city’s nonprofit literacy foundation is celebrating Cinco de Mayo and working to raise funds at the same time. The event will take place at the Doubletree Hotel, 924 W. Huntington Dr., Monrovia on Monday, May 4th from 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  Enjoy a Mexican Appetizer Buffet for $25 per person.  There will also be No-Host Margaritas and Beer available. 
There will also be a chance to win a Four Course Wine Pairing Dinner for Eight at the Doubletree Hotel valued at $1,500 and assorted other great prizes in the Opportunity Drawing.  Tickets are just $10 each.   For event or drawing tickets, contact Diane Delmatoff at (626)303-6600 or at ddelmatoff@ci.monrovia.ca.us.  Monrovia Reads can also be contacted by mail at P.O. Box 1033, Monrovia, CA 91017.
The goal of Monrovia Reads is dedicating to making Monrovia a 100% literate community.  It is also committed to creating and supporting an environment where reading is valued and resources are provided.  It organizes and supports several literacy projects in Monrovia and the surrounding area.  Among these events are:
•Read Across Monrovia” – a read-in event in March and October at which community members read aloud to classes at the local schools. 
•The Pro-Active Tutorial (PAT) Program at the elementary, middle and high schools – supports struggling students in after school programs and assists others in college preparatory programs.
•Monrovia Reads & Plays (MRP) – a mobile library and recreation vehicle which takes books, games and sports to the community, providing literacy and recreational services to children, youth and adults.
•Book Grant Program – provides middle and high school classes with teacher-selected literature when lack of school funding prevents purchase, helping students complete reading assignments and then allowing them to keep the new books for their own personal libraries. 
•New Book Distributions – gives new books to community’s children.  These are held in conjunction with the Foothill Unity Center’s Christmas and Back-to-School distributions, the City of Monrovia’s Community Services Department’s Spring Egg Hunt and the Police Department’s Parenting Classes (distributing new books to families with children in poverty or low economic status where many households have little or no reading material)
For more information on any of these programs or to volunteer or donate to the organization or any of its programs, please contact Diane Delmatoff (626)303-6600; ddelmatoff@ci.monrovia.ca.us" ddelmatoff@ci.monrovia.ca.us, or Monrovia Reads, P.O. Box 1033, Monrovia, CA 91017.

By Susan Motander

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