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Dream Big… Read!
2012 Summer Reading Program Encourages Expanding Children’s Imagination

Reading and listening to books and stories will open children’s minds to the magic and miracles of life as they journey to new worlds with, “Dream Big… Read!,” the theme of the 2012 Mid-Continent Public Library Summer Reading Program. Teens can also stake a claim at their Library by reading and reviewing books, earning Library Bucks that can be redeemed for prizes and services.

“Few things impact us like the books we read in our youth. Those stories spark limitless possibilities in the imagination of our kids and foster a life-long love of reading,” said Jessie Alexander-East, Youth Services Manager. “Libraries give kids access to books no matter what they are passionate about, and encourage them to read voraciously. By following their heart, they will in turn sharpen their vocabulary and comprehension skills over the summer.”

 Last year, MCPL gave out over 72,000 books to more than 61,600 participating children and teens! This year MCPL is encouraging reading by giving away a wider-variety of book titles, hosting events for all ages at over 30 locations, and even breaking the rules and letting teens take over the Library with Lock-Ins and Game Nights.

 Your local branch is hosting programs throughout the summer to encourage reading in your community. Attached you will find a list of these programs that are open to families, kids, and daycare groups. Contact us at to find out more!  816.353.2052.

Mid-Continent Public Library is the largest library system in the metropolitan area, operating 33 libraries and serving over 750,000 people in Jackson, Clay, and Platte counties. The Library strives to provide exceptional customer service and expanding access to materials, programs, and technology including a world class genealogy and family history library.

 For more information, visit mymcpl.org. You can also find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, watch us on Vimeo, and view us on Flickr.


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