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.

All families must pre-register. Please check back July 9th for registration details.

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 and free books provided by General Motors in partnership with the Detroit Public Library’s “Library on Wheels.”

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 on the Riverfront will celebrate its tenth season in 2020. The program will run for five weeks from July 16 - August 14, 2020 on Thursdays and Fridays. Registration will open July 9th.