The State Library of Louisiana’s 2017 statewide summer reading program will follow the theme of building and construction, as Louisiana libraries seek to follow this year’s slogan to “Build a Better World” and combat summer learning loss by offering dynamic, entertaining and educational programs for children, teens, and adults across the state.

Summer reading programs offer a wide assortment of activities to draw families such as art projects, creative writing, story times, STEM workshops, and engaging programs with a variety of performers including artists, musicians, magicians, exotic animal handlers, and other exciting guest speakers. These activities cultivate a love of reading in Louisiana’s next generation and encourage students to continue reading throughout the summer.

Studies show that youth who read during the summer months return to school in the fall at or above their spring reading levels. Families are encouraged to visit their local public libraries to learn about specific incentives and programs available in their communities.

The State Library belongs to the Collaborative Summer Library Program, a national cooperative to encourage reading throughout the summer. Those registered with the State Library’s Talking Books and Braille Library may also participate. For more information on the summer reading programs and other State Library programs, visitwww.state.lib.la.us.

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