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. 

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.” This year the program will be held on Thursdays and Fridays at Gabriel Richard Park beginning on July 8 and ending on August 13. Each day will hold two sessions at 10:00 AM & 11:30 AM.

In the summer of 2020, the tenth year of the program, 1,000 children and their families enjoyed R3 and more than 1,000 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.

Group registration for summer camps, daycares or groups of 10 or more is now open. Click below for more information. 

Individual Registration


Group Registration 

Reading and Rhythm on the Riverfront will celebrate its eleventh season in 2021.