Montgomery County Public Libraries
For Immediate Release: 6/8/2011

Summer Reading Program to be Held at Montgomery County Public Libraries June 18 – August 13 with Registration Online Only; Kickoff Events Scheduled for Children and Teens

Children and teens are invited to participate in this year’s Summer Reading Program at Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) which will run from June 18 through August 13. Registration is online only through the library’s website at beginning June 15. Participants can sign up for the program and log the books they read using any computer in the library or at home or school, or using any mobile device.

This year’s Summer Reading Program is offered on three levels:

• Babies and Books! is designed for babies and toddlers, birth through pre-K. Parents/caregivers can sign up their children to listen to or read 20 books.

• One World, Many Stories (Kids Read!) is for children in Kindergarten through grade six. Participants may sign up and read 10 books.

• You are Here (Teens Read!) is for teens in middle and high school. Read four -- or more – books. Share books and program information on Facebook.

“Studies have shown that children who continue to read during the summer months retain their reading skills and perform better in school,” says library director, Parker Hamilton. “The Summer Reading Program at the library is a great way to include reading activities into summer family time.”

MCPL will kick off Summer Reading for children at the Aspen Hill Library on Saturday, June 18 at 11 a.m. The program features two-time Grammy-winning artist Cathy Fink and Grammy-nominated Hip-Hop artist, ChristyLez Bacon. After the music program, there will be balloon twisting fun with Dee Vinchey.

The Teen Summer Reading kickoff event features Sarah Dessen at the Bethesda Library on June 16 at 5 p.m. Dessen is the author of 10 novels for teens, among them “Along for the Ride,” “Lock and Key,” “Just Listen” and “The Truth About Forever.” Her newest book, “What Happened to Goodbye” was just published in May 2011. Copies of her new book will be on sale at the event through Politics and Prose.

Summer Reading t-shirts are on sale now through the Friends of the Library, Montgomery County, Inc. (FOLMC). For more information, contact the FOLMC at 240-777-0020.

All programs are funded by the Friends of the Library, Montgomery County, Inc. and local Friends of the Library chapters.

To request ADA program accommodations, at least five work days in advance, call the library hosting the program.

For more information about programs and events, visit

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Media Contact: Bonnie Ayers, 240-777-6536
Library Contact: Michele Sellars, 240-777-0196

Release ID: 11-188
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