PHOENIX – Maricopa Country Library District has received a $5,000 donation from the Qwest Foundation, which will help fund a summer reading program targeted to reach 63,000 Arizona children. The official check will be awarded by Jim Campbell, Qwest President for Arizona, on Wednesday, June 23 at 9:00 a.m. the County Board of Supervisors meeting in the Supervisors’Auditorium at 205 E. Jefferson in Phoenix.
The Library District provides free programming resources to youth and families throughout the year. During Summer reading, the emphasis is on programs to encourage children to read for fun. Research confirms that children who participated in a summer reading program are less likely to lose their literacy skills over summer and return to school better prepared.
“Reading is the cornerstone of our education and must be encouraged if we are to remain competitive as a State and a Nation – it opens up new and exciting possibilities for developing young minds,” said Jim
Campbell, Qwest President for Arizona. “Qwest is proud to be able to play a part in helping and encouraging 63,000 Arizonachildren to read by funding the Library District’s Summer Reading program.”
The 2010 program ends July 18. This year’s theme is “Make a Splash--READ” and there is still time for children from ages birth through 18 years old to participate. In 2009, 63,000 children were reached (47,000 in 2008). The 2010 goal is to reach 63,000 again by offering the program in 26 locations (16 District libraries plus 10 affiliate libraries in Maricopa Countyuot;mso-special-character: line-break" />
Last summer a new online program was launched that made it possible for children to post reviews of books they read during the program. More than 90,000 book reviews were posted (73,640 from ages 5-12). The large number demonstrated the children not only read books but were so engaged that they wanted to share their opinions. The book reviews reinforce reading comprehension and writing skills.
For more information about the Maricopa Country Library District’s Summer Reading Program, visit www.mcldaz.org or call 602-652-3000.