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GRPL summer reading challenge returns

GRPL 2024 Summer Reading Challenge passport
Grand Rapids Public Library
GRPL 2024 Summer Reading Challenge passport

Grand Rapids Public Library is encouraging everyone to “Read S’More” with the primary goal of avoiding summer learning loss in kids

The Grand Rapids Public Library Summer reading challenge is now underway. It’s free, does not require a library card and for the second year is open to all ages.

“Because we found that adults want to get in on that fun, and by offering a multi-generational activity we could provide deeper impact for the individuals and families who participated.”

That’s Katie Zychowski, Communications and Marketing Director for the Grand Rapids Public Library. She says the summer reading challenge is important in part as it encourages life-long reading habits for kids and helps combat summer learning loss.

“Because it exercisers their brain throughout the summer and helps the kids and young families get prepared for the school year. So they can start at the same level that they left during the summer months. And it allows them to stay prepared.”

So, here’s how it works. Zychowski says just sign up online or in person, then pick up a passport that has reading activities in English and Spanish. You complete the activities throughout the summer.

Once you complete six activities, you come in and get a prize after 12 activities you come in and get a grand prize.”

The summer reading challenge runs until September 7th. You can sign up online at grpl.org/summerreading

Jennifer is an award winning broadcast news journalist with more than two decades of professional television news experience including the nation's fifth largest news market. She's worked as both news reporter and news anchor for television and radio in markets from Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo all the way to San Francisco, California.
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