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Kids can find adventure through summer reading programs

March 3, 2012

Colorado’s summer reading programs were unveiled today by the Colorado Department of Education and Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia at Mesa County Central Library as part of Colorado’s Literacy Week activities.  This summer, the department will offer two summer reading programs to readers of all ages.  “The theme of the State Library’s Summer Reading Program is ‘Dream Big’ and we want to encourage all of Colorado’s families to do just that,” said Lt. Gov. Garcia. “We’re challenging everyone to collectively read an additional 1.25 million pages in 2012 through their local library’s summer reading program. This challenge is to commemorate Mile High United Way’s 125th anniversary and to further promote a love for reading in homes across the state. This challenge translates into an increase from last summer’s 1.5 million pages read to 2.75 million pages in 2012. In 2011, a total of 240,110 Colorado residents participated in summer reading programs in public libraries. Of these readers, 152,720 were children, 43,695 teens, and 16,824 adults.   In conjunction, Commissioner of Education Robert Hammond has launched a second summer reading program titled, “Find a Book, Colorado.” By logging onto http://www.lexile.com/findabook/ parents, teachers and students can find  a reading map, book search tool and other free resources they can access to help them use measures to find challenging and engaging books for summer reading and throughout the year.

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