May 28, 2010
DALHOUSIE (CNB) - The 2010 Summer Reading Club was launched today at the Dalhousie Centennial Library. The slogan this year is: See the World @ your library, and the theme is: cultures of the world.
"The Summer Reading Club is an exciting way for young people to experience the joy of reading," said Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault. "Providing children with a strong foundation in literacy is at the heart of our government's education plan, When Kids Come First, and is key to achieving self-sufficiency by 2026."
The Summer Reading Club is a free, non-competitive club offered from June to August to children and young people by New Brunswick's 63 public libraries and three bookmobiles.
This year's club will include a wide variety of activities featuring the cultures and people of the world, including crafts, puzzles, games, puppet plays, songs and rhymes. The club is funded by the New Brunswick Public Library Service but this year the Fédération des caisses populaires acadiennes is donating French children's books and other library materials, as well as programming kits on the cultures of the world.
"We are pleased to support this valuable program once again with an investment of close to $300,000 to help fund 75 positions for university or community college students who will serve as Summer Reading Club activity leaders," said Arseneault.
Young people are invited to register for the Summer Reading Club at public libraries and bookmobiles at the end of the school year. The goal is to encourage them to join more than 10,000 youths who participate and read more than 200,000 books every summer.
More information about the Summer Reading Club and New Brunswick's public libraries and bookmobiles is available online.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Thomas Lizotte, communications, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-453-8617; Sylvie Nadeau, executive director, New Brunswick Public Library Service, 506-453-7141; Ella Nason, assistant director, New Brunswick Public Library Service, 506-453-3657.