Baltimore’s young readers can read aquatic-themed books to earn a free visit to the National Aquarium
(Baltimore) – The National Aquarium, in partnership with the Enoch Pratt Free Library, announced today the return of the Read to Reef book club. The program, which will kick off its third season March 1, offers free admission to the Aquarium for participating Baltimore children up to fifth grade with a Pratt Library card.
“Through Read to Reef, our amazing partnership with Pratt Library, we introduce thousands of young readers to the wonders of the aquatic world,” said Jenny Hamilton, community programs manager for the National Aquarium. “Reading is not only a cornerstone to a life-long love of learning, it also nurtures skills like imagination, curiosity and compassion. Our city’s children will build upon these stories and skills, inspiring a generation to care for our oceans and the creatures that inhabit them.”
In the 2016 inaugural year, 4,770 children participated in the program, reading 23,850 books, and resulting in 9,841 free visits to the Aquarium.
“We had an overwhelming response to the program last year,” says Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Services Coordinator Rachel Peffer. “We're excited to partner with the National Aquarium, once again, to show students that reading can lead to so many rewards in life.”
Beginning March 1, Baltimore children fifth grade and below can visit their local Pratt Library branch and show their library card to receive a bookmark, while supplies last, and a booklist that suggests aquatic/conservation-themed books to read. Once participants have read five books, they can present their completed bookmark onsite at the National Aquarium to receive admission for the child and up to three guests.
Participants must redeem their visit by June 11; some blackout dates apply. For more information about the Read to Reef book club and the upcoming season, visit aqua.org/read.
Children and parents who are interested in applying for a Pratt Library card may visit prattlibrary.org/librarycards for more information.
As part of the Aquarium’s commitment to the community, the organization offers numerous programs through the year including Half-Price Friday Nights, presented by M&T Bank; Pay What You Want Day, made possible with the generous support of T. Rowe Price; Dollar Days; Maryland Mornings; and Community Connections. For more information on these National Aquarium programs, visit aqua.org/youraquarium.