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WTTW Kids Readers Are Leaders Tour

WTTW Announces 2013 Summer Schedule

For immediate release
Chicago, IL - May 1, 2013

Chicago’s premier public television station WTTW announced that its popular Readers are Leaders Tour is on the road again for the sixth consecutive year!  Below is the 2013 summer tour schedule:

5/4       Citibank Arlington Heights
5/9       Lutheran Home Arlington Heights
5/23     Yorktown Center
5/31     ALDI Mount Prospect
6/8       Citibank Northbrook
6/11     ALDI Villa Park on North Avenue
6/16     ALDI Melrose Park
6/23     Deer Park Town Center
6/27     Harlem Irving Plaza
6/30     Lincoln Park Zoo
7/11     Town Square Wheaton
7/17     Raging Waves
8/1       Gurnee Mills
8/10     ALDI Batavia on Randall Road
8/15     Citibank Oak Park River Forest
8/22     Harlem Irving Plaza
9/8       Lincoln Park Zoo
9/14     Citibank Naperville
9/19     Town Square Wheaton
10/10   Harlem Irving Plaza

Every WTTW Kids Readers are Leaders event comprises of movement, exciting dialogic reading, and interactive games designed specifically for children, parents, grandparents, caregivers, and educators to interact.  These movements help create excitement about good health, good nutrition, and a higher level of knowledge about the body-mind connection!  Following every performance, WTTW gives each child a bag comprised of special learning materials, special learning resources and links, gift certificates for complimentary fruits and vegetables from ALDI, AND a new book compliments of Chicago-based “Great Books.”   

The WTTW Kids Readers are Leaders events feature the talented Miss Lori of Miss Lori’s CAMPUS and dialogic reading by WTTW’s tireless tour manager, Mr. Brandon. 

WTTW conducts approximately 40 Readers are Leaders events per year, and travels throughout Chicagoland to serve families in our signal area.  Many events take place in areas with limited educational resources, and are primarily conducted in those areas at Chicago Public Library branches.  We often hear that the book given by WTTW Kids Readers are Leaders is the only new book that a child has ever received. 

The WTTW Kids Readers are Leaders program has presented nearly 200 performances that have made a difference in the lives of thousands of children, parents, grandparents, caregivers, and educators throughout Chicagoland. 

Funding for the WTTW Kids Readers are Leaders summer tour is provided by our presenting partner ALDI.  Supporting funding is also provided by Citibank, Wisconsin Dells, Happy Family, Carl Buddig & Company, Carlson for Kids, Raging Waves, and a generous contribution by the Russell and Josephine Kott Memorial Charitable Trust.  

About WTTW
For almost 60 years, audiences have turned to WTTW for distinctive programming that informs, inspires, educates, and entertains. WTTW reaches 1.5 million weekly households over a four-state area, making it the most-watched public television affiliate in America.  Recognized for its award-winning local and national productions, WTTW is committed to presenting the very best in cultural, nature, science, public affairs, and children's programming across its four distinct television channels:  WTTW11, WTTW Prime, its Spanish-language channel WTTW V-me, and WTTW Create, its “how-to” channel. For more information, please visit