Milwaukee Public Library
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Mayor Tom Barrett and Boys & Girls Club President Vincent Lyles Join Students and Other City Leaders to Kickoff Summer Reading

This week the Milwaukee Public Library kicks off the annual Summer Reading Program encouraging children and young adults to read for fun over the summer to keep their reading skills sharp.

By - May 19th, 2014 01:34 pm

This week the Milwaukee Public Library kicks off the annual Summer Reading Program encouraging children and young adults to read for fun over the summer to keep their reading skills sharp. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee is an important library partner that values Summer Reading and incorporates the program into curriculum at its summer program sites that serve school-age children.

Who:          Mayor Tom Barrett
Vincent Lyles, President and CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee
Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, 1st District, President, Library Board of Trustees
Paula Kiely, Library Director
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Children enrolled at Don and Sallie Davis Boys & Girls Club

What:             City Leaders and members of the Don and Sallie Davis Boys & Girls Club will kickoff the start of the Super Reader Summer Reading Program for children from birth to 12 and Put Your Face in a Book for teens by addressing the importance of reading over the summer and how to enroll in the program.

When:            Wednesday, May 21st at 3:00 pm

Where:           Library in the Don and Sallie Davis Boys & Girls Club
1975 South 24th Street, Milwaukee

Why:              Over the summer, children can lose two to three months of reading skills learned during the school year – often called “summer slide.”  Reading just 15 minutes a day can prevent “summer slide” and help children maintain or even improve reading abilities and educational outcomes.  Children living in poverty, which is 43% of children in Milwaukee, are at an even greater risk of falling behind.

Visit www.mpl.org/SummerReading for more information.

 

Background on the Super Reader Summer Reading Program: 
The Milwaukee Public Library Super Reader Program is generously supported by gifts to the Milwaukee Public Library Foundation.  Major support for the 2014 program comes from the Northwestern Mutual Foundation, the Faye McBeath Foundation, Brewers Community Foundation, Inc. and Rickie Weeks, the Wisconsin Energy Foundation, the Helen Bader Foundation, the Stella Jones Foundation, the Wochinske Family Foundation, Sheldon and Marianne Lubar and the Charitable Fund of the Lubar Family Foundation, Gregory and Rhonda Oberland, Dan and Nicole Renouard.

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