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.

Space is limited. All families must pre-register. Registration opens one week prior to each session.

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The R3 program presented by the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, with support from General Motors, stretches five 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 and free books provided by General Motors in partnership with the Detroit Public Library’s “Library on Wheels.”

The 2020 program will take place at Gabriel Richard Park which features 14 acres for families to appropriately distance. The children's music and storytelling portions of the program will occur live and be projected on an outdoor screen for easy viewing. Additional program elements have been modified to minimize touchpoints due to COVID-19.

In the summer of 2019, the ninth year of the program, nearly 4,500 children and their families enjoyed R3 and more than 4,500 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.

Reading and Rhythm o nthe Riverfront will celebrate its tenth season in 2020. The program will run for four weeks from July 23 - August 28, 2020 on Thursdays and Fridays with sessions at 10am and 11:30am. Registration opens one week prior to each session.