Wednesday, July 20, 2016

George Mason Friends Supports the Summer Reading Program

This young reader gives Summer Reading
Challenge a big thumbs up!

One of the biggest contributions the George Mason Friends makes every year is to the Fairfax County Summer Reading Challenge.  Thanks to our generous book donors and enthusiastic customers, we were able to donate $50,000 to the program for 2016.

These programs, which Fairfax County Libraries hosts in partnership with Fairfax county Public Schools, are important to foster a love of reading and to help kids maintain their reading schools over the summer. Last year, more than 54,000 young library patrons, from birth through high school, participated in the program, and we're expecting to sign up at least that number again this year.

In addition to reading challenges, older aspiring authors and artists can compete for prizes in the Teen Cover Art contest and the Essay and Poetry Contest for a chance to win $100. Students in rising grades 7-9 are eligible to enter. The contest ends September 3.

Challenge accepted! Filling in his
reading log.
Throughout the summer the library schedules performances for kids, teens and families at all branches. These events provide fun, free entertainment and learning opportunities while also promoting reading and our program. It works like magic! – The Summer Reading Challenge remains popular year after year.

For more information about everything the summer reading program has to offer, visit -- or just turn off your screens, load the kids in the car, and head to your local library!
Library staff visit local schools to get kids excited about summer reading.

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