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Lieutenant governor supports summer reading

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SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs and the New Mexico State Library have enlisted the help of Lt. Gov. Howie Morales in promoting the importance of reading for children.

The Lieutenant Governor read the children’s book The Three Little Javelinas, written by Susan Lowell and illustrated by Jim Harris, courtesy of the Silver City Public Library, during a Facebook Premiere event on June 30, as part of the statewide summer reading program that kicked off in June.

“I encourage parents across New Mexico to make reading throughout the rest of this summer a top priority for their children — it’s so important!” said Lt. Gov. Morales. “When school is out for the summer and kids don’t have a lot of structure in their days — especially now — our children don’t spend enough time reading. Reading every day is fun, and it will help maintain their skills, preparing them for when school returns.

“Our local libraries are running summer reading programs that are invaluable to parents. Visit your library with your children often — they are all offering great prizes for readers, challenges, recognition, and super educational online events. This summer stay in close touch and use our excellent libraries to benefit the next generations of New Mexicans.”

More than 100 public libraries from the across state are participating in this year’s summer reading program, which began June 1. Events and prizes for those who have logged their reading time have been generously sponsored by the New Mexico Library Foundation. This year’s theme is “Imagine Your Story.”

“The summer reading program promotes healthy reading habits, encourages the use of imagination, and prevents what is commonly referred to as the summer slide,” DCA Cabinet Secretary Debra Garcia y Griego said. “We’re pleased that we are able to offer all New Mexicans an opportunity to participate in this valuable experience.”

Libraries that are closed to the public this summer have implemented a virtual reading program with contactless curbside pickup service. Additionally, the State Library has made e-books available until August for state residents to borrow. The statewide summer reading program is expected to run until July 31.

According to a survey conducted by the State Library following last year’s summer reading program, 81.34 percent of parents and/or guardians reported that their children’s reading time increased, and nearly 80 percent said their children’s enjoyment of reading increased.

For reading logs, a map of participating public library systems, and information on other program-related events, please visit https://summerreading.nmculture.org .

Staff Reports