Aspiring Pre-Teen Astronaut Taylor Richardson Advocates Children Literacy With Book Drive Program –By Latonja Richardson –Future astronaut, literacy advocate, and agent of S.T.E.A.M – Taylor Richardson – is a local pre-teen who’s collecting books for children ages 3-18, within various organizations, to promote childhood literacy. Taylor’s Take Flight with A Book program works in conjunction with the United Way ReadingPals program and collected nearly 200 books, in February 2015, and donated them to North Shore Elementary School located on Jacksonville’s north side. She also visited North Shore and read to the Pre-K class; while wearing her astronaut suit. The future moonwalker had this to say about her book program, “I feel every kid deserves a book. Books can take you to great places and those places can lead to great possibilities.” Since the program’s inception, Taylor has read to hundreds of kids about space and science. This go-round, Taylor’s ‘Take Flight’ program has partnered with the Ritz Theatre & Museum to be one of multiple drop-off site(s) for books, between now and November 21st. Coinciding with the book-drive on the 21st, Taylor will host a book reading to kids, while dressed as Astronaut Starbright (inside the museum) to promote both the Black Wings: American Dreams of Flight exhibit from the Smithsonian Institute; and Visit Jacksonville’s annual Kid’s Free November event, which permits kids 12 and under free access into the museum—limit5 kids per paying adult. “I’m very proud of Taylor and her willingness to ensure all kids have access to books. Her drive and humbleness to helping others is amazing to me.”, said Taylor’s mom, Latonja Richardson. If you’d like to donate a new or gently used book to Taylor’s Take Flight with A Book program to promote literacy, please see the event details below: Taylor’s Take Flight with a Book Event, November 21st, Ritz Theater, 829 N Davis Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202.