“Underground”is the theme of the State Library of Louisiana’s 2013 Summer Reading Program. Children, teen and adult programs each have a different slogan. The children’s slogan is “Dig into Reading”; the teen slogan is “Beneath the Surface” and the adult slogan is “Groundbreaking Reads.”
The Summer Reading Program offers a variety of activities to draw families into libraries such as art projects, creative writing, sports and gaming. These activities encourage students to continue to read throughout the summer and cultivate a love of reading in Louisiana’s next generation. Families are encouraged to check with their local public library to learn about specific incentives and programs available in their communities.
In 2012, 93,000 people participated in the Summer Reading Program and Louisiana libraries offered 8,250 free programs with more than 278,000 patrons in attendance. Studies show that youths who read during the summer return to school in the fall at or above their spring reading levels.
The Summer Reading Program is part of the Collaborative Summer Library Programs, a national cooperative to encourage reading throughout the summer. Those registered with the State Library’s Talking Books and Braille Library may also participate. For more information on the Summer Reading Program and other State Library programs, visit www.state.lib.la.us.
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