Award-winning project! Read on the Fly: books for traveling kids
Kaladi Brothers Brayton Café to Host Program Launch Party
ANCHORAGE – On April 29th, 2017 from 11am-2pm, Kaladi Brothers will be hosting a launch party to kick off the project that aims to provide FREE books to traveling kids throughout Alaska. Read on the Fly was developed by Erin Kirkland, publisher of AKontheGO.com, in partnership with Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and Alaska Airlines. It provides several FREE reading/library spaces within airport terminals. The goal of this event is to create awareness for the program and to collect books to fill the bookshelves. There are currently four reading stations within the Anchorage airport: Nursery/B-Concourse area (post security), regional airlines (PenAir/Ravn/Grant), A-Concourse, and in baggage claim. ALL Read on the Fly books are donated and are available to kids waiting for flights in the Anchorage Airport South Terminal for use on site, in the aircraft, or at home. Thus, the need for ongoing donations is HIGH to make this program a success.
Additionally, expansion of ROTF in 2017 includes Fairbanks, Ketchikan, Juneau, and Bethel.
The Read on the Fly kickoff event will feature lots of activities and freebies to those who show up with a book to show their support of family literacy in Alaska. There will be free beverages from Kaladi Brothers mobile café, free hotdogs from Phat Kid food truck, a make-your-own-bookmark craft station by Anchorage Community House, balloon artist, prizes, music, games, and more! Bring the whole family and some good books to this fun event that marks the beginning of a great cause.
“The goal is to collect ten thousand books by the end of this year! We want to expand this program to the rural communities throughout Alaska where the resources for this type of program just don’t exist,” said project founder Erin Kirkland.
Donated books should be in good condition and have appropriate content for children 0-16.
Book donation sites:
- Kaleidoscape Play Studio: University Center Mall, 3801 Old Seward Hwy, Ste 9, Anchorage 99503
- Alaska Center for Pediatrics: 2925 Debarr Road, Ste 230, Anchorage 99508
- Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport: Level 1 (behind Baggage Claim #5)
- All Kaladi Brothers Alaska locations
- All Credit Union 1 locations
Event organizer and Kaladi marketing director Seth Stetson said, “This event will be a big draw for families looking to entertain their little ones with a free and fun-filled party! We’re excited about partnering with Read on the Fly in support of family literacy in our community.”
Monetary donations: As of January 1, 2017, Read on the Fly has the support of Best Beginnings Alaska as fiscal sponsoring agency. This means the project will be able to apply for grant funding, host fundraising events, and receive individual and business donations in addition to our books generously given to the program.
Read on the Fly partners include:
- Alaska Airlines
- Best Beginnings Alaska (fiscal sponsor)
- Department of Transportation/Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport
- Anchorage Public Library System
- Alaska Center for Pediatrics (donation station)
- Alaska Travel Industry Association (donation station)
- Kaleidoscape Play Studio (donation station)
The Read on the Fly launch party will take place at Kaladi Brothers Brayton Café: 6921 Brayton Dr. on Saturday, April 29th, 11am-2pm. Admission is free, bring a book/books to participate.