Dear Library Community,
On May 17th, Governor Brownback kicked off a summer reading initiative entitled Read Kansas Read! He encourages children of all ages to read over the summer so that they may return to school better readers. This fits in perfectly with the Collaborative Summer Reading Program in which most, if not all, of you participate. I hope that you will help promote the Read Kansas Read! program in addition to the Dream Big… Read Summer Reading Program. Please note: this is not replacing the Collaborative Summer Reading Program but is in addition.
Attached please find the flyer for parents and the flyer for students which was created by the Governor’s office. It is in PDF and may be printed at your local library as often as you wish. In addition, there is a book log which Governor Brownback hopes you will pass out to the young readers in your community. With this they can keep track of their summer reading. At the end of July, please gather these so the Governor’s office can determine which readers read the most books. Deadline for receipt of book logs: August 1. You may send these via courier or postal service to the State Library and we will make sure that they get to the Governor’s office.
The top two readers from each State Board of Education District will be invited to the Governor’s home for a celebration lunch sponsored by Freddie’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers. (Do not worry about which district your library falls in. We will determine that here at the State Library and pass that onto the Governor’s office.)
You know that I have lived in many states (and worked in several State Libraries). This is the first time that I have been in a state where the Governor promotes summer reading so directly and strongly and I am so glad that libraries are included in the promotion of this program. Thank you in advance for encouraging young readers in your communities to participate in this program.
Here is the link to the program webpage:
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Supporting Materials for Read Kansas Read: