Brooklyn Public Library’s Hot (Reading) Fun in the Summertime

By Christine Berardi

Reading Program Encourages Reading and Prevents “Summer Slide”

Hundreds of children along with their families enjoyed a fun and educational day as the Brooklyn Public Library kicks off its annual Summer Reading Program in front of the Central Library.

The goal of Summer Reading is to prevent the “summer slide” and encourage young people of all ages to continue reading and visit the library during the summer months. Students who take a vacation from reading in the summer may lose up to one month of instruction per year.

“Only by reading over the summer can students preserve and build upon the gains in literacy and comprehension they made during the previous school year,” said Brooklyn Public Library President and CEO Linda Johnson.

“We are proud to help Brooklyn Public Library ensure that summer break does not become a vacation from reading for the borough’s students,” said National Grid Foundation Board Member Reverend Gary V. Simpson. “Summer Reading is an effective solution to a very real threat to young people’s success in and out of the classroom.” National Grid Foundation is the leading supporter of Brooklyn Public Library’s Summer Reading Program.

This year’s Summer Reading kick-off event is scheduled for Saturday, June 1 at Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Branch located at Grand Army Plaza.

About National Grid Foundation:

National Grid Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to improving the quality of life, economic strength and environmental stewardship in National Grid’s service territory. The Foundation’s mission is to create opportunities for solutions to today’s educational and environmental challenges. By awarding grants to non-profits, the Foundation inspires and serves as a catalyst to a shared future, ultimately impacting and improving lives of the underserved in our neighborhoods.

In December 1998, KeySpan Energy formed KeySpan Foundation to enhance community giving efforts. Now known as National Grid Foundation, the organization has provided more than $25 million in grants to approximately 1,000 organizations in local communities.

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