Summer reading outlook looks bright with Collaborative Summer Library Program

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Collaborative Summer Library Program logoBeginning in June, libraries across Maine will be encouraging their patrons to read. This is particularly important for school-age kids to prevent the literacy backwards slide from months of no reading. But it’s also a means for library patrons to model to their own children and grandchildren or other kids in the community the importance of reading. And since many of you will be sinking back in your chair or hammock with a book this summer, we hope you’ll be in touch with your local library and see what it’s offering for its Collaborative Summer Library Program.

Summer, after all, is just around the corner.


Maine teens “Get in the Game” with video challenge

Each year, the Collaborative Summer Library Program holds a Teen Video Challenge, in which teens across the country are invited to create a video that promotes summer reading. This year, Maine had three submissions, our first time into the arena. Videos are assessed for creativity, message clarity and relevance, motivation and inspiration, and overall impact. The winner of the state contest receives $150, $50 worth of prizes for their local library, and is featured on the Collaborative Summer Library Program website. Take a look at what Maine teens came up with.