Norwalk notables came together Tuesday night for a different kind of pub crawl.
"This idea of people going to different venues and just reading," said Christine Bradley, Director of the Norwalk Public Library.
The inaugural Norwalk Lit Crawl took place in three restaurants in South Norwalk, with various City leaders reading aloud from their favorite works of literature benefitting Norwalk Reads.
"Our mission is to give free books to Norwalk's children. Since we started which was about 10 years ago, we've given about 90 thousands books away for free to Norwalk's children," said Stephen Bentkover, Chairman of Norwalk Reads
"Children who grow up with books in their home do better in school. We are very concerned about that gap that happens in the summer with kids; how much they loose between the end of June and the beginning of September so we want to keep kids in Norwalk loving books and having them around," said Bradley.
Norwalk Reads hopes to continue to provide free books for children while getting them excited about reading.
Councilman David McCarthy was one of the readers at Mama's Boy. "Not every kid has access to books and I think it's probably the number one indicator of later success in life. The number of books a kid reads earlier in their life the better. Get that curiousity going, that passion for reading and learning that will hopefully last their entire lifetime," said McCarthy.
Director of the Norwalk Parking Authority Kathryn Hebert performed a selection from Crimes of the Heart along with Eleni Sotiriou. "It was really great to be a part of. As City officials, we want to do things in the community and this was something we all were excitied about doing," said Hebert.
"To see these kids come and and they are so excited because they can pick two books of their own and it just gives that excitement to books that we need to foster," added Bradley.
For more information about Norwalk Reads, visit www.norwalkreads.org.