Aquarium, Enoch Pratt Free Library Team Up for Reading

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National Aquarium Pier 4We’ve seen slogans and, more recently, big book donations from outside Baltimore urging kids to keep reading. On Monday, two of the city’s big institutions booked their support.

Enoch Pratt Free Library and the National Aquarium debuted the Read to Reef Book Club. Under the program, any student up to fifth grade who participates in a water-filled library reading program can get into the Aquarium for free. It’s kind of like BookIt, except with pretty fish as the reward.

Once kids sign up for the reading program, they get a bookmark with five aquatic-themed books to read. After they read five books, they can return to the library for a voucher to the Aquarium. They get to bring three guests along on the visit.

In all, the Aquarium is making 2,500 vouchers available through April 30. More info.

The new program is a new addition to the library, which also runs the Summer Reading Program.

“With the help of the Read to Reef Book Club, we have the opportunity to encourage families to make reading a habit during a different time of the year and to remind them that reading reaps many rewards,” said Library CEO Carla Hayden.

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