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Release Date: 06/03/2013

The Seattle Public Library kicks off 2013 Summer Reading Program for kids June 3

Summer Reading Program

The Seattle Public Library's 2013 Summer Reading Program kicks off Monday, June 3. The annual program, which continues through Saturday, Aug. 31, encourages everyone to read during the summer, especially children. This year's program features the theme "Expanding Your Horizons."


Children can sign up in person at any of the 27 Library locations and pick up an "I'm a Reading Ranger" sticker.


Children who read five books as part of the Summer Reading Program will receive a window cling. Children who read 10 books will receive a free paperback book and can use their completed reading log to get a free pass to the Burke Museum between July 1 and Oct. 31, 2013. Children who read 10 books by Monday, Aug. 5 will be entered into a drawing for the city librarian's popular Breakfast of Champions event held at the Space Needle.


Participating in the Summer Reading Program is a great way for kids to have fun and improve reading skills during the summer break from school. A 2004 study in the Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk found that having elementary school students read just four or five books during the summer can prevent the reading-achievement losses that normally occur over those months.


The Summer Reading Program also includes hundreds of free programs for families at Library locations. Visit the Library's website at for more information.


All programs are free and open to the public. Free parking is available at branches in the branch parking lots or on nearby streets. Parking is available in the Central Library garage at the regular rates.


The 2013 Summer Reading Program is sponsored by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, Safeco Insurance Foundation, U.S. Bank, the Burke Museum, and the Space Needle.


For more information about the Summer Reading Program, call The Seattle Public Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.

For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director

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