Public Libraries Launching Summer Reading Programs Statewide

Contact: Martin Ackley, Director of Public and Governmental Affairs 517-241-4395
Agency: Education

May 31, 2016

LANSING – Michigan’s public libraries are launching community summer reading programs and activities designed to encourage an enjoyment of books, family activities, and libraries themselves.

These reading programs are free and open to people of all ages, but are especially beneficial to children because reading engages them and fires their critical-thinking skills while they are away from the classroom.

The programs launch in June and run throughout the summer with learning challenges, events, and celebrations under the 2016 central theme of “Wellness, Fitness and Sports.” The theme includes a range of outdoors, sports and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities, as well as these slogans:

  • Children: On Your Mark, Get Set, READ
  • Teens: Get in the Game: READ
  • Adults: Exercise Your Mind: READ

 “This effort helps build interests and helps children maintain reading skills over the summer break so they can enter school ready to succeed in the fall,” said State Librarian Randy Riley.

The Library of Michigan (LM) participates in the national Collaborative Summer Library Program to share materials, artwork, and programming ideas. The collaborative allows public libraries statewide to focus on improving the reading skills of children and teens and increasing their appreciation of books.

To see what reading programs are available locally, contact your public library. To find the nearest library, use the LM’s online tool at www.michigan.gov/librarydirectory.