16 FEBRUARY 2021

Story Time in the Gardens, a cherished reading program that promotes literacy in our community’s youth, begins its spring season on Tuesday, March 2, at 4:00 p.m. Story Time is free to attend and is held on the grounds of Rye Patch, located at 100 Berrie Rd.

Parents are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket; snacks and drinks are welcome. A free book is given to each family in attendance at every reading session. This program occurs every Tuesday afternoon in March, April, and May. Story Time will not be held the first week in April. Families are encouraged to bring used books from home to help stock the Little Free Library in Hopelands Gardens. The Little Free Library, installed in April 2017, is a free book exchange that further encourages the mission of Story Time.

Story Time in the Gardens would not be possible without support from these gracious sponsors: Aiken Rotary Club and United Way of Aiken County, both of who are Literacy Laureate Sponsors, Friends of Hopelands and Rye Patch, Pediatric Therapy of Aiken, Kitfox Pediatric Dentistry, Smith, Massey, Brodie, Guynn & Mayes, P.A., Bradley L. Boni, LLC and Tee Up to Read, a program provided by the Kisner Foundation.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, when inclement weather occurs, the reading will be canceled for that week. In the event of inclement weather, please call the City of Aiken Rain Out Hotline at 803-643-4661. You can also check the City Channel 4 on Atlantic Broadband, the City of Aiken website, City of Aiken PRT social media accounts, or download the City of Aiken Explorer app for instant notification of any changes. You will need to sign up and enable notifications.

All attendees over the age of 5 are required to wear a mask during the event and should practice social distancing.

Media Contact:
Amber Coffey, Recreation Program Coordinator
City of Aiken Parks, Recreation and Tourism