D.C. Public Library Rewards Summer Readers With Prizes


This summer, parents looking for ways to get their kids to read can look to the DC Public Library. Thanks to partners like the Washington Nationals and Chipotle, children and teens will earn prizes for reading this summer.

Starting this month and running through August, the DC Public Library will give readers a free kids meal or burrito from Chipotle halfway through the Summer Reading program. In addition, school-aged children and teens who finish the program will earn two tickets to a Washington Nationals game.

“Students in the District deserve a summer enrichment experience that helps them return to school in the fall ready to tackle the next grade,” said Richard Reyes-Gavilan, executive director of the DC Public Library. “Thanks to the support of sponsors like the Washington Nationals and Chipotle, DC Public Library’s Summer Reading program will ensure that kids are reading and learning all year long.”

The Library is offering over 100 programs tailored to early readers, children, and teens. Activities include science, technology, engineering, art and math themed programs; book clubs; story times and special performances. In July, Washington Nationals players will also visit some neighborhood libraries.

The library’s summer reading program helps counter summer learning loss.  Research shows that children and teens can lose close to two months of what they’ve learned in the previous school year when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer.  This means that even with student progress during the school year, the District’s improvements in education can slow down unless more children and teens read over the summer.

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The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in N.W. D.C.

To learn more about the Library’s summer reading program, visit your local library or online at dclibrary.org/summerreading.

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