Mario Batali will personally be on hand to open the new Books for Kids/Mario Batali Foundation Library at the Acelero Spring Valley Learning Center.
The event will begin with the children joining Chef Batali to officially open the library—not with a traditional ribbon-cutting, but in a unique and visual way! Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Congresswoman Dina Titus will also be in attendance.
Afterward, he will read “Green Eggs and Ham” to the children. At the conclusion of the ceremony, Las Vegas chefs from the Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group will provide very special breakfast treats for attendees.
This new library marks the third Southern Nevada library that has been funded by the Mario Batali Foundation and the 11th library it has funded nationwide. The 161-square-foot library will hold nearly 1,000 books, many of which are for bilingual readers, offering an excellent range of reading material for children from one month to 12-years-old.
The Acelero Spring Valley Learning Center serves 325 children year-round, from the ages of one month to five-years-old, with 65.6 percent of the children at the Spring Valley site living below the poverty line.
The Mario Batali Foundation partnered with Books for Kids to build the library at Spring Valley. Books for Kids is a non-profit organization promoting literacy among all children with a special emphasis on low-income and at-risk preschool-aged children. Books for Kids creates libraries, donates books and implements literacy programs to develop the critical early foundation and skills which young children need to be successful in life.
The Mario Batali Foundation strives to ensure all children are well read, well fed and well cared for. In Fall 2014, the Foundation opened their first Las Vegas library, followed by the second Las Vegas location in Summer 2015.
Tuesday, March 29
8:45 a.m.: Dedication ceremony begins in the library
Acelero Spring Valley Learning Center
2845 Mohawk Street
Las Vegas, Nevada 89146