Detroit Riverfront Conservancy’s new early literacy program ‘Reading & Rhythm on the Riverfront’


The Detroit Festival of Books, set to return to Detroit’s Eastern Market this July, is pleased to announce its collaboration with the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy in its efforts to boost literacy in the city.  The Conservancy will host a table at this year’s Bookfest.

The Detroit Festival of Books is the largest book festival in the state of Michigan, featuring vendors from all over the United States and Canada. Bookfest is a goodwill effort to generate a deeper love and appreciation of books and culture, and to promote literacy. The free event takes place annually at Detroit’s Eastern Market.

Reading & Rhythm on the Riverfront (R3) is the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy’s unique, interactive early literacy program. With support from General Motors, R3 stretches six weeks throughout the summer (July 6 – August 11, 2023).

The program takes place at Gabriel Richard Park (7130 East Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI) and features readings by local celebrities, as well as business and community leaders.

The program also boasts live and interactive family entertainment, a healthy snack provided by the YMCA and free books provided by General Motors in partnership with the Detroit Public Library’s “Library on Wheels.”


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“We are excited to have a presence at this year’s Bookfest,” said Renee Rodriguez, program manager for the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy.  “Literacy is something that is very important to us at the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, so we are supportive of any efforts that promote books and the joy of reading to people throughout the community, especially children.”

“As Bookfest expands its offerings and sees ever greater attendance, we want to do everything possible to boost the organizations devoted to fostering a love of reading,” said Ryan M. Place, Bookfest’s founder and chairman. “So with thousands upon thousands of individuals streaming through Bookfest, why not encourage those book lovers to volunteer their time and funds to support the worthiest of causes?”

The Detroit Festival of Books takes place Sunday, July 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Shed 5 in Detroit’s Eastern Market. The event is free. Photos of the 2022 Bookfest are available for download and use via this link.


Detroit Riverwalk (photo by Detroit Riverfront Conservancy)

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