LT. GOV. LANDRIEU & STATE LIBRARY OF LOUISIANA ANNOUNCE 2006 LOUISIANA SUMMER READING PROGRAM -- 05/01/2006
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May 1, 2006
LT. GOV. LANDRIEU & STATE LIBRARY OF LOUISIANA ANNOUNCE 2006 LOUISIANA SUMMER READING PROGRAM
-"Paws To Read" Is Theme -
Baton Rouge, LA -- It's going to be "reading cats and dogs" this summer at the public libraries of Louisiana as two best friends are celebrated: pets and books. Kids are invited to get their paws on some books and join in the fun of learning about various types of pets during the 2006 Louisiana Summer Reading Program "Paws to Read."
"Louisiana's annual summer reading campaign is designed to attract children to local public libraries and encourage them to read over the summer," said Landrieu. "Studies indicate that children who read during the summer return to school in the fall at or above their spring reading levels. Library programs combine reading motivation with exposure to the cultural heritage of Louisiana."
In 2005, which marked the 21st anniversary of the statewide Louisiana Summer Reading Program, participation reached an all-time high of over 107,000 youngsters. Public libraries offered over 7,700 summer reading programs for kids, with total attendance of over 307,000. Participants included children in every parish, plus kids registered with the State Library's Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped and youngsters at institutions around the state.
"The increase in participation is evidence of Louisiana families' commitment to providing quality educational experiences for their children," said Angele Davis, Secretary of the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, which includes the State Library of Louisiana.
This summer, kids will have a tail-wagging good time at weekly storytimes and programs that include storytelling, arts, crafts, dance, music, games, drama, puppetry and other presentations. Special events may include pet shows, pet parades, costume parties, photography contests, art displays and live animal demonstrations.
When children sign up for the Summer Reading Program they will get their own special reading logs and bookmarks so they can keep a record of their reading progress. Pet-related incentives and prizes are provided to keep them coming back to retrieve more books. It's going to be a grrreat summer--no bones about it!
So, whether you hop, leap, gallop, prance, walk or run--
Posters, bookmarks and displays about the program feature brightly colored dogs, cats, mice, rabbits, fish, birds and turtles. Graphic artist Leslie Chance of Opelousas, LA designed this summer's snappy promotional materials. T-shirts and bookbags displaying a bold design with paw prints will be available at most public libraries. Each child who completes the program will receive a personalized achievement certificate. Check with your local library to find out what other treats they have to encourage reading.
Teen Summer Reading Program While kids are reading and romping with pets, Louisiana teens will find the solution to summer boredom by participating in the Teen Reading Program at their local public library. "TSI: Teen Scene Investigation" is the theme of the 2006 Teen Summer Reading Program. Dramatic, high-tech posters, bookmarks and reading logs, were created by Blake Cason, who is a graphic design student at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Cason's photographs depict a trio of teens intensely examining clues.
Participating libraries will offer a bingo game and incentives to teens for reading books and magazines; attending programs; volunteering and participating in other library activities. Special events geared to teens include mystery nights, film festivals, talent contests, poetry slams, art blasts, book discussions and computer workshops. Teenagers who would like to get involved are encouraged to call local libraries to find out what is planned.
"The Teen Summer Reading Program seeks to instill a lifelong love of reading in Louisiana teenagers and to involve them in rewarding and stimulating activities at the library," said Rebecca Hamilton, state librarian. "Libraries offer teens a constructive way to spend the summer. Last year over 8,000 teens participated in the Teen Reading Program, an increase of over 1,000 from 2004."
Families are urged to contact local public libraries to learn more about enriching, entertaining and educational programs available free of charge this summer.