Barnes & Noble and Rockford Rotary join forces to promote reading for kids

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — A national bookstore chain, Barnes & Noble, joins forces with a local organization to promote reading for kids.

Kids gathered around celebrity reader, Assistant Deputy Police Chief Carla Redd, at the Rockford Rotary’s Book Fair.

Barnes & Noble reached out to the Rotary for the event.

A portion of store sales goes towards the Rockford Rotary’s mission of buying books for second graders in Rockford’s Public Schools.

Several celebrity readers came to read to the kids, like Rockford’s Mayor Tom McNamara and Fire Chief Derek Bergsten.

Those aren’t the only names you’ll recognize, the names on door prizes also caused quite a stir.

“An autographed baseball from the Chicago Cubs, Kris Bryant. An autographed baseball from the Chicago Cubs, Anthony Rizzo. We have a special edition Green Bay Packers championship football autographed by starting defensive lineman Dean Lowry of Rockford. We’ve got a Fred Van Vleet autographed poster,” said Co-Chair of Rockford Rotary Book Fair, Bob Presman.

You don’t have to go to the store to donate to the cause, money from online purchases also goes toward the Rockford Rotary if you type the organization’s name at checkout.

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