Red Bank and Middletown, N.J. On Saturday, March 2 from 1-3 p.m., Lunch Break, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing the basic necessities of life to those in need, will host READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY in conjunction with the Middletown Lions Club and Bridge of Books Foundation. The event, which will feature music, games, face-painting, refreshments, and most importantly, an opportunity for group reading time with children, will be held at Lunch Break, located at 121 Drs. James Parker Boulevard, Red Bank. Pre-k, kindergarten, first and second grade students from the area are invited to attend the free event, which is designed to highlight the importance of reading in a fun and festive atmosphere.

Every year, numerous organizations, community groups, libraries, and schools throughout the country participate in READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY on March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss, and celebrate by bringing books and children together. 

Registration is mandatory, and space is limited. Lunch Break will not accommodate walk-ins. Entertainment sponsors are Stephen Munger of No Limit Entertainment, Emily Hueston of pARTy stARTers Face Painting, and Tom Durnin, a well-known comedian and magician. All are donating time and talent for the benefit of children in the community. Members of the Middletown Lions Club, who have championed the cause of literacy, will read to the children with books donated by the Bridge of Books Foundation, a local non-profit organization which also promotes literacy through donations of reading material.

Registration and information are available by calling Ms. Sharda Jetwani of Lunch Break at (732) 784-7360 or by emailing her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Information on Lunch Break is available on the website www.lunchbreak.org. Information on both the Middletown Lions Club and the Bridge of Books Foundation is available on the websites www.mlions.org and www.bridgeofbooksfoundation.org, respectively.