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Follow the adventures of Camellia Bear as she travels the state, celebrating Alabama’s birthday and promoting reading this summer

 ALABAMA 200 and Reach Out and Read-Alabama (ROR-AL) are partnering this summer in celebration of the state’s bicentennial and the 10th annual Rx for Summer Reading with the book Alabama, My Home Sweet Home by Charles Ghigna. ROR-AL program sites across the state are providing copies of the books and hosting fun Alabama-themed activities, as well as providing a "prescription" for children to become involved in the reading program at their local libraries.
In addition to supporting bicentennial events focused on the state’s rich history, ALABAMA 200 is heavily invested in bolstering education programming initiatives for all citizens. Partnering with ROR-AL speaks to a desire to support future generations, creating a point of pride for all Alabamians.

“As we celebrate the state’s bicentennial, we look back to our past, but we also look to our future,” said Jay Lamar, Executive Director of the Alabama Bicentennial Commission. “We want the next hundred years to be all they can be, which means nurturing a love of learning and achievement in our young people. Reach Out and Read-Alabama certainly does that.” 

 Charles Ghigna, better known to some as Father Goose, debuted Alabama, My Home Sweet Home, a bicentennial book for young readers at the 2018 Alabama Book Festival. The work features a bear cub named Camellia who accompanies readers as they encounter famous Alabamians like Helen Keller, Rosa Parks and Jesse Owens in their respective time and place in history.

In a recent study, people in low-income households made less than half the annual number of long-distance trips per person than the population as a whole (a trip is defined as a roundtrip to a destination at least 100 miles or more from home). With 25 percent of Alabama’s children living in poverty, we can help families explore the state through the book.

View more on the partnership here.

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Thank you to Vulcan Materials Company

Vulcan Materials Company is sponsoring the books for each Rx for Summer Reading event throughout the summer.