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Newsroom Governor Visits Summer Reading Program in Leavenworth
7/1/2014

​TOPEKA – After offering his support to the U.S. soccer team in the World Cup during an address this afternoon, Governor Sam Brownback focused his message on the importance of reading. He spoke to dozens of children and educators at Henry Leavenworth Elementary School, Leavenworth. The Governor’s visit was part of Summer Reading Matters!—a statewide effort to encourage reading throughout the summer break from school. The effort was organized by the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) and the State Library of Kansas.


“Knowing how to read is key to success in school and life,” Governor Brownback said. “Literacy opens so many doors, and instilling in young children an appreciation for reading will help them years down the road.”


Today, 36 sites throughout the state celebrated summer reading. Many of the locations included Kansas Reading Roadmap (KRR) programs, such as in Leavenworth, Manhattan, Pittsburg and Hugoton. KRR is the Governor’s initiative to promote third grade reading proficiency. KRR is funded by DCF.


The summer months are a time for children to enjoy a big break from school, but that break can create a lag in learning. According to the National Summer Learning Association, the break from school can cause what’s known as “summer slide.” When children are out of school, they lose reading skills. As they return in the fall, students must spend time remediating their skills and can fall further behind in the process. Children from low-income families are especially at risk for summer slide.


The Leavenworth program includes approximately 200 children and started three weeks ago. The Governor visited classrooms to see firsthand how KRR is helping children maintain the learning momentum.

 

“I’m really impressed by what I’m seeing,” Governor Brownback said. “These kids are enjoying their summer break while learning at the same time; the Kansas Reading Roadmap is keeping kids focused and on target to do well in the fall when they return to school.”

Many of the sites of today’s celebration also included public libraries, where communities are working with families to grow reading skills during the summer months.

“There is only one known cure for the notorious “summer slide”—reading,” State Librarian Jo Budler said. “Our librarians have developed programs and activities to foster a love of reading and develop strong reading skills in Kansas’ children. Getting Kansas readers to their local public libraries is a first step.”

The following locations held events today to highlight the importance of summer reading:
 
City
Location
Address
Time
Details
Atchison
Atchison Public Library
401 Kansas Ave
6pm-7:30pm
Live music
Basehor
Basehor Community Library
1400 158th St
10am, 11am, 2pm
Storytime, robotics class, crafts
Chetopa
USD 505
430 Elm St
Colby
Pioneer Memorial Library
375 W 4th St
8am
Annual Outdoor concert
Columbus
Highland Elementary School
319 N. Highschool St
10 a.m.
Presentation & tour
Courtland
Courtland Community Library
403 Main St
10am
Summer literacy program
Dighton
Lane County Library
144 South Ln
10am, 1pm
Smokey Hill Public Television program with books & activities
Fowler
Fowler Public Library
510 Main, PO Box 135
9am
Computer, reading and science labs
Girard
Girard Public Library
128 W Prairie St
10am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm
Summer reading sessions, crafts, games
Great Bend
Great Bend Public Library
1409 Williams St
2pm
Teen Spot activities
Harper
Harper Public Library
708 W 14th St
1p.m.
Shadow the READ dog program
Hesston
Hesston Public Library
300 N. Main
10am-11am
Stories, activities, crafts & snack
Holton
Beck Bookman Library
420 W 4th St
1:30pm
Science/reading activities
Hugoton
USD 210
205 E 6th St
Humboldt
Humboldt Middle School
1105 Bridge St
10am
Presentation & tour
Hutchinson
Hutchinson Public Library
901 N. Main
10am, 2pm
Story time, activities, puppet play
Johnson City
Stanton County Public Library
103 E Sherman Ave
2pm
Summer reading program with magic & science
La Cygne
Library District #2
209 N Broadway
10am, 3pm
Book buddies and activities
Leavenworth
Henry Leavenworth Elementary School
1925 Vilas St
11am-12pm
Presentation & tour
Leavenworth
Leavenworth Public Library
417 Spruce St
10am, 4pm
Stories, games, activities
Manhattan
Lee Elementary School
701 Lee St
11:45am-12:45pm
Presentation & tour
Marysville
Marysville Public Library
1009 Broadway
10:15am, 11:15am
Summer reading program
Mulvane
Mulvane Public Library
101 E Main St
10:30am
Solar system storytime
Newton
Santa Fe 5/6 Center
130 W Broadway
9am
Santa Fe Summer Reading Swap
Osawatomie
Osawatomie Public Library
527 Brown Ave
11:45am, 12:45pm, 2pm
Lunch, swimming, arts & crafts
Oswego
Neosho Heights Elementary
100 Oregon St
Ozawkie
Ozawkie Public Library
7272 K-4 Hwy, Suite D
10:30am
Food science
Pittsburg
Meadowlark Elementary School
1602 E 20th St
10am-11am
Presentation & tour
Pleasanton
Pleasanton Lincoln Library
904 Main St
1pm
Summer reading program with music & crafts
Pratt
Pratt Public Library
401 S Jackson St
2pm
Get your Game On!
Savonburg
Savonburg Public Library
101 A South Walnut
2:15pm
Storytime & crafts, fishing theme
Stevens
Stevens County Library
500 S Monroe
10am
Movement storytime
Wellington
Wellington Public Library
121 W 7th St
10am
Summer reading program with music, sounds & instruments
Whitewater
Whitewater Memorial Library
118 E Topeka St
3pm
Science activities
Winfield
Winfield Public Library
605 College St
Noon
Tote-a-book lunchtime