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Show Low Public Library Helps Prevent the “Summer Slide”
SHOW LOW, Ariz. (August 3, 2015) – Show Low Public Library posted the highest numbers ever in the history of its annual summer reading program, breaking all previous records. From June 2 to July 27, 474 readers (young and old) signed up to participate, a 27% increase over last year, and 159 readers finished their reading logs. According to a post-program survey, 100% of survey respondents indicated that they read at least 20 minutes a day and 73.1% of the adult respondents revealed that they read more to their children—all directly attributable to the summer reading program. Over 1,200 community members attended 70 fun-filled events, which included community-sponsored activities provided by McDonald’s, Overgaard Lions Club, White Mountain Reptile Rescue and White Mountain Optimist Club. Show Low Public Library was also one of three public libraries in Arizona to receive a generous summer reading grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Other partners included Show Low Library Friends, Postal History Foundation and Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records.