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“Dream Big: Read!” This Summer

Contact: Jennifer Heinicke, Wichita Public Library |

Wichita Public Library’s Summer Reading Initiatives Begins May 24

Kids up to age seventeen are encouraged to “Dream Big: Read!” this summer. The Wichita Public Library’s Summer Reading Club encourages children to maintain and improve reading skills over the summer months by rewarding children for reaching individual reading goals. Register at any Wichita Public Library location Thursday, May 24, through Thursday, July 26, 2012.

“Last year, more than 11,000 youth participated in the Wichita Public Library’s summer reading program,” stated Julie Linneman, Programming and Outreach Services Manager. “We hope even more will join us this year. Not only is it fun, but participating in summer reading keeps kids’ minds active and their reading skills sharp for school.”

During registration, young readers will receive a book bag, bookmark and a reading record. Those children who reach their goals earn a free book, certificate, and other prizes and coupons from area businesses. Prizes will be distributed starting July 1.

Youth aged 12-17 may participate in “OWN the NIGHT,” the Teens Read Program. In Teens Read, participants enter to win weekly prize drawings based on the amount of time spent reading. All entries are then entered into a drawing for a $100 Visa gift card and other prizes. All teens who read at least three hours will earn a free book, coupon for miniature golf at All Star Sports/All Star Adventures, and coupon for a free McDonald’s Cherry Berry Chiller.

Free programs for the whole family, including performances by storytellers, puppeteers, magicians and musicians, make the Library a summer hot spot! Visit the Wichita Public Library’s web site,, or drop by your favorite Library location for a complete list of activities.

The Celia and Leonard Levand Trust, the Friends of the Wichita Public Library and the City of Wichita make the Summer Reading Program and Teens Read possible. See for a list of prize donors.

Download the Summer Events for Teens. Download the Summer Events for Children.

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