“Find a Book” at the Mall This Weekend

This weekend, two Simon Malls in Miami will host “Kidgits Book Blast” events, and MetaMetrics will be there to talk about Lexile measures and “Find a Book, Florida.”

 Each of the seven “Book Blast” events will feature a variety of activities, giveaways and guest speakers to promote the joys of reading. MetaMetrics will be onsite for the first two events—Dadeland Mall (Feb. 11) and The Falls (Feb. 12)—to answer questions about Lexile measures and demo the free “Find a Book, Florida” search tool. These initial events will also include author Lisa McCourt who will read her popular book, “I Love You, Stinky Face,” which has a Lexile measure of AD1290L. Other McCourt titles also have been measured and are available in “Find a Book, Florida.”

“Find a Book, Florida” is a joint effort between the Florida Department of Education and MetaMetrics. The Department relaunched the search tool last September to support year-round reading by allowing students to build their own book lists based on ability level (Lexile measure) and interests.

A two-week book drive will also commence at each “Book Blast” event. Families are encouraged to donate new or gently-used books at the malls’ Guest Services Desks for two weeks following the events. Donated books will be distributed to programs and schools near the malls in conjunction with the Florida Education Foundation and the Florida Department of Education’s “Just Read, Florida!” office.

“Kidgits Book Blast” events will be held at the following locations:

  • Dadeland Mall (Miami): Friday, February 11, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • The Falls (Miami): Saturday, February 12, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Tyrone Square (St. Petersburg): Saturday, March 5, from noon to 2 p.m.
  • Melbourne Square (Melbourne): Saturday, March 12, from 10 a.m. to noon
  • Miami International Mall (Miami): Saturday, March 12, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Coral Square (Coral Springs): Saturday, March 19, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Seminole Towne Center (Sanford): Saturday, March 19, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Families can sign up for the Kidgits Club for a membership fee of $5. Membership includes a number of benefits, like a membership card and T-shirt, scheduled entertainment and activities, discounts and a quarterly newsletter. For more information, visit www.simon.com/kidgits.

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