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Flanagan Urges Students to Keep Reading this Summer

LANSING – As the school bell soon rings in the start of summer recess for thousands of Michigan schoolchildren, books still will be available to them at libraries across the state as part of the Summer Reading program.

Summer Reading is a free, voluntary program designed to encourage youths and teens to keep reading through engaging activities that tap into their personalities and interests, while preventing any loss in their reading skills over the summer months.

“I and the Michigan Department of Education long have stressed the importance of reading,” said State Superintendent Mike Flanagan. “Reading remains vitally important to learning and education throughout the year. I strongly encourage students and their parents to get into some good reads this summer as part of the Summer Reading program.”

The Summer Reading program is included in the department’s overall Culture of Reading initiative.

The annual Summer Reading Program ramps up in June and runs all summer with activities, events and celebrations related to the 2014 theme of science. 

The Library of Michigan is leveraging its participation in the national Collaborative Summer Library Program to infuse the Summer Reading program with materials, artwork and programming ideas.

Program participants include Michigan’s 391 public libraries and hundreds of thousands of youths, teens, and their families. 

“Through these activities, Michigan’s public libraries encourage children and their families to read,” said State Librarian Randy Riley. “This effort helps children maintain reading skills over the summer break and return to school ready to succeed in the fall.”

To find out more about local Summer Reading programs, contact your local public library. To find the public library in your area, use the LM’s Interactive Library Directory at