Virginia Beach READS Partners with Barnes & Noble for Book Fair & Book Drive on Nov. 18

Monday, November 06, 2017

​Virginia Beach READS First Grade Tutoring program, a local collaborative program administered through GrowSmart, Virginia Beach City Public Schools and the Office of Volunteer Resources, works to ensure that all students can read at or above grade level by the third grade. The program pairs volunteers with first graders to help them improve reading skills. Virginia Beach READS is in full swing at Bayside Elementary School, Luxford Elementary School, Point of View Elementary School, Shelton Park Elementary School and White Oaks Elementary School, where more than 100 volunteers work with 120+ first-grade students. The program provides one-on-one mentors and also collaborates with parents to continue the love of reading at home.

To support this critical initiative, Barnes & Noble will host a Book Fair on Saturday, Nov. 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Virginia Beach Town Center, 4485 Virginia Beach Blvd.  All purchases will support the program by supplying books to participating students. Online purchases will be credited from Nov. 18 to 23 by going to and entering Book Fair ID #12232286 at checkout.

Shoppers can continue to support Virginia Beach READS by making a donation or purchasing a book that will be donated to the program through Dec. 30. All books will be provided to Virginia Beach children to support their literacy development.

Reading on grade level is a critical milestone in a child's educational and future life success. Studies show that children who fall behind are likely to stay that way, and a child not reading at grade level by the end of first grade has an 88 percent chance of not reading at grade level by the end of fourth grade. Children not reading proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to drop out of school.

As a member of the national network of communities across the United States that have joined the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, Virginia Beach READS focuses on three pillars of success proven to directly impact reading proficiency in the early grades. By emphasizing the importance of school readiness, prevention of summer learning loss and on-time daily attendance, Virginia Beach READS is committed to moving the needle on third-grade reading.  Community partners in the local campaign include Virginia Beach City Public Schools, Virginia Beach Public Library, Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation, United Way and Virginia Beach GrowSmart.

GrowSmart is operated through the Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development. GrowSmart exists to promote and improve the healthy development, school readiness and reading proficiency of young children ages 0-8. In addition to providing resources for parents and families, GrowSmart also offers programming to ensure the availability of high quality early education. Visit for more information.

The mission of the Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development is to attract and retain national and international businesses to stimulate capital investment and create jobs. Virginia Beach is the most populous city in Virginia with a population of 450,000, and it is the 37th largest in the United States. The Department of Economic Development received re-accreditation through the International Economic Development Council in 2016 and is one of only 50 economic development organizations in the world to have this recognition. Most recently, Virginia Beach was named America's #1 best big city to live in by For more information, visit


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VB Reads Barnes and Noble Bookfair flyer.pdf