DATE: May 20, 2014
This year's Summer R.E.A.D.ing Program combines literacy, math, science and more!
MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine McElrath
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, Broward.org/Library, 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.
- African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311, 954-357-6282
- Carver Ranches Library, 4735 S.W. 18 St., West Park, FL 33023, 954-357-6245
- Century Plaza Leon Slatin Library, 1856A W. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach, FL 33442, 954-357-7740
- Dania Beach Paul DeMaio Library, 1 Park Ave. East, Dania Beach, FL 33004, 954-357-7073
- Davie/Cooper City Library, 4600 S.W. 82 Ave., Davie, FL 33328, 954-357-6399
- Deerfield Beach Percy White Library, 837 E. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach, FL 33441, 954-357-7680
- Hallandale Beach Library, 300 S. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach, FL 33009, 954-357-6380
- Hollywood Library, 2600 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, FL 33020, 954-357-7760
- Imperial Point Library, 5985 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308, 954-357-6530
- Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library, 2800 N.W. 9 Ct., Pompano Beach, FL 33069, 33311, 954-357-7670
- Lauderdale Lakes Library, 3580 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Lauderdale Lakes, FL 33311, 954-357-8650
- Lauderhill Mall Library, 4257 NW 12 Street, Lauderhill, FL 33313, 954-357-7833
- Lauderhill Towne Centre, 6399 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Lauderhill, FL 33313, 954-357-6406
- Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301, 954-357-7444
- Margate Catharine Young Library, 5810 Park Dr., Margate, FL 33063, 954-357-7500
- Miramar Branch Library, 2050 Civic Center Place, Miramar, FL 33025, 954-357-8090
- North Lauderdale Saraniero Library, 6901 Kimberly Blvd., North Lauderdale, FL 33068, 954-357-6660
- North Regional/Broward College Library, 1100 Coconut Creek Blvd., Coconut Creek, FL 33066, 954-201-2600
- Northwest Branch Library, 1580 N.W. 3 Ave., Pompano Beach, FL 33060, 954-357-6599
- Northwest Regional Library, 3151 University Dr., Coral Springs, FL 33065, 954-357-7990
- Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Technology Center, 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr. Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314, 954-262-5477
- Pembroke Pines Library, 955 N.W. 129 Ave., Pembroke Pines, FL 33028, 954-357-6750
- Pompano Beach Library, 1213 E. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach, FL 33060, 954-357-7595
- Riverland Library, 2710 W. Davie Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312, 954-357-7455
- South Regional/Broward College Library, 7300 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, FL 33024, 954-201-8825
- Southwest Regional Library, 16835 Sheridan St., Pembroke Pines, FL 3331, 954-357-6580
- Stirling Road Library, 3151 Stirling Rd., Hollywood, FL 33312, 954-357-7550
- Sunrise Dan Pearl Library, 10500 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise, FL 33351, 954-357-7440
- Tamarac Library, 8701 W. Commercial Blvd., Tamarac, FL 33351, 954-765-1500
- Tyrone Bryant Library, 2230 N.W. 21 Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311, 954-357-8210
- West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation, FL 33324, 954-765-1560
- Weston Library, 4205 Bonaventure Blvd., Weston, FL 33332, 954-357-5420
- Young At Art Museum/Broward County Library, 751 S.W. 121 Ave., Davie, FL 33325, 954-357-5437