For Immediate Release
May 23, 2012
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BOSTON – May 23, 2012 – Summer reading at the Boston Public Library offers performances, crafts, and adventures designed to encourage young people to spend their summer days reading and dreaming.
The theme for 2012 is “Dream Big—Read!” for children up to age 12, and “Own the Night” for teens. Library staff have planned activities for teens and children all across the city that celebrate dreams and other nighttime adventures.
“Young people will want to visit the library again and again this summer to learn about the night sky, create a dream catcher to hold only their best dreams, or enter to see a game at Boston’s own ‘Field of Dreams,’ Fenway Park,” said Jessi Snow, Youth Services Coordinator for the Boston Public Library.
For six weeks beginning in July, library locations will be offering visits from the New England Aquarium, Museum of Science, and Historic New England, as well as live theater performances by Play Around. Children’s librarians are also planning their own story times, crafts, and contests in each neighborhood.
Summer reading is packed with free, fun activities for children and families. It includes Countdown to Kindergarten celebrations as well as visits from the ReadBoston Storymobile and the annual Read Your Way to Fenway essay contest.
The BPL’s 2012 summer reading brochure is available online at www.bpl.org/summer where teens can also find activities just for them. Copies of the brochure will be available at all library locations and at Boston Centers for Youth and Families. The 2012 summer reading brochure will also be delivered directly to all first through third graders in the Boston Public Schools before the end of the school year.
The summer reading program is made possible by Bank of America, the Boston Foundation, the Boston Public Library Foundation, and the Red Sox Foundation. “ Dream Big—Read !” is also sponsored by the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.