The Garden Grove of Books is HRHA’s first reading program. Through this program, we will empower the youth of Harrisonburg with better access and support to build basic literacy skills, expand their vocabulary, and strengthen their writing skills. The age group that will be served through this program is 3-18 year-olds. As they build their literacy skills throughout the program, they are also eligible to win prizes based on several different categories.

During the month of July and August, HRHA will be hosting a reading session that invites all program participants to read with the other children as well as an open reading session. These sessions will be taking place at the Kelley Street Garden (Click Here for GPS Directions to the Kelley Street Garden). Drinks and snacks will be provided during each reading session.Please monitor your email for updates regarding the reading program, including any cancellations due to rain. Please see the reading program schedule below. These sessions are a supplement to the reading at home.


Open Reading Sessions from 3-4 pm at the Kelley Street Garden

  • July 17th
  • August 14th


Prizes for the Reading Program

The reader will be able to pick a prize of their choosing up to a certain cash value from a local retailer.

$100 value prize for the participant who reads the most (in terms of pages)

$75 value prize for the best writing prompt response

$50 value prize for attending an open reading session! Attending a reading session will earn 1 entry into this prize! The more reading sessions your child/children attend, the more entries will be under the child’s name, and there will be a higher likelihood of winning!

The winner of this prize will be selected via a random raffle. Attendance will be tracked during each meeting.


Click Here to View The Online Reading Log Submission Page


The enrollment period is currently open!

If you are interested in enrolling your child or children in this program, please fill out the application below. If you have more than one child that you are enrolling, please submit a separate form for each child.


The Garden Grove of Books- Reading Program

  • The Garden Grove of Books Application

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