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New Orleans Public Library Launches Annual Summer Reading Challenge

08:00 May 22, 2024
By: Lillian Foster

Booked For Summer

From June 1 to July 31, the New Orleans Public Library will host the 2024 Summer Fun and Reading Challenge, an annual event open to readers of all ages.

Every reader who registers for the event will automatically receive a prize: kids get a free children's book, adults get the choice of either a multi-use charger or a reading light, and teens get their pick between the two selections.

After logging 800 minutes of reading and completing four library-themed activities, participants earn another prize, including a limited edition tote bag designed by local artist Tamisha Anthony.

"Every summer, we're excited to see what new ideas the librarians have for programming that is as fun as it is educational," Friends of the New Orleans Public Library Executive Director Shannan Cvitanovic said in a press release. "We want to thank the GPOA Foundation and the Jazz and Heritage Foundation for providing the funding for Summer Fun and for encouraging library staff to think bigger and better every summer."

Readers can register by visiting their local New Orleans Public Library or by registering online at nolalibrary.beanstack.org.

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Combatting the Summer Slide

The Summer Fun and Reading Challenge is designed to combat the "summer slide"--the tendency for students to lose educational gains that they developed during the school year.

"Whether you're a lifelong book lover or just discovering the magic within the pages, our program is your ticket to a summer filled with exploration, wonder, connection, and fun," Emily Painton, city librarian and executive director of the New Orleans Public Library, said in a press release. "The story never has to end; it's just the beginning of an endless summer of fun, learning, and family time."

Libraries across the country host summer reading programs to fill educational gaps, increase library attendance, and promote healthy reading habits.

New Orleans Public Library History

The New Orleans Public Library, previously called the Fisk Free and Public Library, opened its doors for the first time on January 18, 1897, with a collection of over 35,000 volumes. Today, the New Orleans Public Library operates a 15-location system with a collection of over 466,000 items, providing the New Orleans community with countless free services and resources.

To learn more about the 2024 Summer Fun and Reading Challenge, the New Orleans Public Library's history, or to find your local library, visit nolalibrary.org.

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