A new children's bookstore is slated to open in downtown Raleigh in a few months.
Read With Me is expected to open in March at 111 E. Hargett St., Suite 110, in the space between Briggs Hardware and Arrow Haircuts and formerly home to nuvonivo, a children's clothing boutique. It's just about a block from Marble Kids Museum.
Store owner Christine Brenner is a former teacher and school librarian. In a press release from the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, Brenner said she saw a need "for a place in downtown for families to experience together.”
She wants Read With Me to be a place for everyone to share their love of children’s books. The name, the release says, showcases the importance of literacy for a child's academic success and the role that a family plays in that growth.
“We are all well aware of the importance of literacy for a child’s academic success," Brenner said in the release. "Our name, Read With Me, highlights the No. 1 way to encourage your child to value reading: by reading ‘with’ rather than ‘to’ your child. Reading should be a shared, engaging experience between adult and child that is an open interaction of sharing thoughts and asking questions."
The store will host writing workshops, book clubs and illustration classes. It also will be part of Downtown Raleigh's First Friday series with events such as illustrator exhibitions.
An IndieGoGo online fundraising campaign will go live on Monday to help raise start-up money and gather community support, the release says. Read With Me is one of almost 20 new business, including six retailers, that plan to open in downtown Raleigh in 2017.