Reading & Rhythm on the Riverfront (R3) is the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy’s unique, interactive early literacy program that provides children from southeast Michigan an opportunity to see live children’s entertainment, hear a story read by a local community leader and receive a free book, as well as a ride on the lovely Cullen Family Carousel. 

For families and groups under 10 may register on site. Groups of over 10 children must to pre-register.

The R3 program presented by the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, with support from General Motors, stretches six weeks throughout the summer and features readings by local celebrities, as well as business and community leaders.  The program also boasts live and interactive family entertainment, healthy treats, free rides on the Cullen Family Carousel and free books provided by General Motors in partnership with the Detroit Public Library’s “Library on Wheels.”

In the summer of 2017, the sixth year of the program, nearly 3,700 children and their families enjoyed R3 and more than 3,800 free books were distributed to children from across southeastern Michigan. In addition to the books distributed, the program also featured a special family lending library with more than 200 selections that children and their families could check out and read along the riverfront during their visit. 

The Conservancy thanks General Motors for the financial support for this program and for helping share the joy of reading with children and families in the community.

The 2018 program will run July 5 - August 10, with sessions taking place on Thursdays and Fridays at 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM and 1:15 PM.  Each session lasts for 45 minutes. Participants must participate in the session to receive a free book and carousel ride. 


Families and groups under 10 do not need to pre-register for the program.  Groups with more than 10 children, please click the button below to register. 

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