Broward County Library Presents the Youth Summer (Reading, Exploring, Art and Discovery) Program

Robot reading a bok.

This year's Summer Program combines literacy, math, science and more!

DATE: May 20, 2014
MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine McElrath
Libraries Division
PHONE: 954-357-7402

BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. -"Spark a Reaction" and "Fizz, Boom, Read" this summer with Broward County Libraries' Youth Summer R.E.A.Ding Program. The Summer R.E.A.Ding Program is a literacy initiative sponsored by the Broward Public Library Foundation, the Miami Dolphins Foundation and Broward Family Life that gives children and teens the chance to win prizes by reading over the summer. Check out free, fun events for children, tweens and teens by picking up a free Youth Summer R.E.A.Ding Program Booklet at your local library or 
download it here.  

The  Summer R.E.A.Ding Program kicks off on June 7, 2014 at 33
Broward County Library locations, and this year the emphasis is on science and literacy. The 2014 themes are "Fizz, Boom, Read" for children and tweens and "Spark a Reaction" for teens. From June 7 through August 2, libraries countywide will offer a summer filled with great events for children and teens, including amazing science-based puppet shows and experiments, music and theatre performances, engineering activities, arts & crafts, book clubs and story times.

Summer reading programs are beneficial to young people, as they help retain reading and comprehension skills over the summer and provide quality learning activities that are fun and appealing. According to the School Library Journal, students who take part in their local library’s summer reading program significantly improve their reading skills. Summer reading programs are also an antidote for learning loss.

To get started in the  Summer R.E.A.Ding Program, visit your local participating library on or after June 7. Pick up your game piece and get started reading to earn rewards from your library and a chance to win great prizes. Many of libraries will be hosting Summer R.E.A.Ding Program kick-off events with entertainment, refreshments and Summer R.E.A.Ding Program sign-ups. The Summer R.E.A.Ding Program is sponsored by the Broward Public Library Foundation, Miami Dolphins Foundation, Broward Family Life, CBS Miami and WPBT Channel 2. 

The following Broward County Library locations will participate in the 2014 Summer R.E.A.Ding Program:

The award-winning Broward County Libraries Division, founded in 1974, is the largest library system in Florida by square footage and one of the busiest, with more than 9 million walk-in customers visiting its 40 locations annually. The library has more than 3.4 million items and 2,000 computers for public use, and offers hundreds of events and programs to meet the needs of Broward County's diverse community. Broward County Libraries Division continues its strong emphasis on literacy, after-school programs and electronic access. In addition to our comprehensive Web site,, which provides information about library activities, links to online catalogs, reference information and databases, customers can visit BCL WoW - Broward County Library Without Walls – for free eBooks, music, audiobooks, apps, movies and more. Customers may also follow Libraries on Facebook and Twitter. Libraries Division also administers the services, programs, collections and exhibits of the Broward County Historical Commission.

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