Virtual Reading Parties
Pajama Program continues to spark the imagination of children everywhere and bring people together by hosting Virtual Reading Parties online. Kicking off on March 20th in honor of World Storytelling Day, Pajama Program began hosting daily Virtual Reading Parties of some of our favorite stories across our social channels to help children connect over a story and continue a bedtime routine during these uncertain times. The Pajama Program team will host some readings, and we will be featuring some very special guest readers, too.
Pajama Program Community Partners can email us for access to the catalog of Virtual Reading Parties!
Upcoming Virtual Reading Party Schedule
March 20, 2020 – Douna Hunter reading I Am Truly
March 21, 2020 – Jen Henriquez reading Ghost Town at Sundown (Chapter 1)
March 22, 2020 – Jen Henriquez reading Ghost Town at Sundown (Chapter 2)
March 23, 2020 – Chrissie Martinez reading Waiting Is Not Easy!
March 23, 2020 – Johnny reading McDuff Moves In
March 24, 2020 – Chrissie Martinez reading Love You Always
March 25, 2020 – Brianne Manz reading I Am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness
How to Get Involved & Support Virtual Reading Parties
About Pajama Program Reading Parties
Reading Parties at Pajama Program Reading Centers are hosted by caring volunteers for children ages 4-18 from schools, shelters, and other Community Partners that work with children facing residential, income, or familial instability. During the hour-long Reading Party, children gather in circle time to introduce themselves, are paired with a volunteer who shares a story with them, enjoy a healthy snack, and then select a book to take with them. Book in hand, they rejoin the circle where each is invited to come forward to receive pajamas as they are surrounded by warm applause. Reading Parties are a one-time event, although some children visit more than once if their school or organization returns the following year.
Reading Parties provide a time for children and volunteers to share a story. Through that connection, we seek to provide children with a sense of safety, stability, and nurturing. We provide pajamas for the children to wear at bedtime as a comforting reminder that someone cares about them, and a book reinforces the feeling of connection and sparks the imagination. When we nurture and inspire children, we give them tools to help them at bedtime, which prepares them for a good night for a good day.