NEWS RELEASE ISSUED OCTOBER 15, 2013 BY THE OFFICE OF MISSOURI SECRETARY OF STATE COMMUNICATIONS
Kander Announces Final Summer Reading Program Numbers Top 200,000
Jefferson City, Mo. — Secretary of State Jason Kander today announced the statewide participation results of Missouri public libraries’ summer reading programs. More than 232,000 children and teens joined their local public library’s reading program this past summer.
“Kids who read over the summer put themselves in a great position to succeed in school and are ready to learn on day one,” Kander said. “I’m proud of the thousands of kids throughout Missouri who chose to read books at their local public library this summer.”
Coordinated by the Missouri State Library, a division of Kander’s office, the 2013 programs for children and teens provided a fun outlet to improve literacy and foster imagination while school was out of session. Local libraries set their own beginning and end dates for the programs, with some starting as early as May and others ending as late as September.
Planning is already underway at Kander’s office for 2014’s science-themed summer reading programs: Fizz, Boom, Read! and Spark a Reaction. In November, the State Library will host workshops throughout the state for public school and public library employees who work with the programs.
Missourians can learn more by contacting Kander’s office at (573) 522-9564.
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