A Summer Reading Challenge From First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom and the California State Library!

First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom and the California State Library Have Launched a 5-Week Summer 2020 Reading Challenge

First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom has launched a five-week summer reading challenge to encourage and inspire Californians to take part in public library summer reading and learning programs and to keep reading this summer. The Summer @ Your Library Project encourages you to share the First Partner’s messages and use the program hashtag, #CASummerReading, to promote the challenge and raise awareness of summer reading.

Press Release Link: https://cdn.ymaws.com/…/su…/firstpartnerjennifersiebelne.pdf

With children distance learning for the past several months and many summer activities cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, library summer reading and learning programming is more important than ever. Library summer reading programs are a great way for parents to keep their children engaged and learning all summer long.

Families are encouraged to:

  • sign up for their local libraries’ summer reading programs,
  • track the books they’re reading and share their progress on social media using the hashtag #CASummerReading.

The State Partner Summer Reading Challenge consists of five activities:

Week 1: June 15th – 21st Sign up for your local library’s summer reading program online.

Week 2: June 22nd – 28th Choose a first book and start reading. For each new book read, families are asked to take a picture and tag #CASummerReading. The Newsom family will be choosing books from the Sacramento Public Library’s anti racist reading list, and encourages other families to turn to their public libraries for similar resources.

Week 3: June 29th – July 5th Create something to contribute to California COVID Diaries, a community history archive launched by the California State Library. Californians of all ages are invited to submit stories, journal entries, poems, artwork, photographs and other forms of expression documenting their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Week 4:  July 6th-12th Take part in an activity through your local library and join the First Partner’s Facebook Live story time. All summer, local libraries are hosting online activities from virtual story times, performances, craft making, art and S.T.E.M workshops. Your community members can complete this challenge by partaking in one of these activities or watching the First Partner’s Facebook Live story time on Tuesday, July 14th (new date) at 10:00 a.m at https://www.facebook.com/jensiebelnewsom/

Week 5: July 13th-19th Share your favorite new book and keep reading! “Becoming a stronger reader is the best way for someone to succeed – in school, at work and in life. The best place to find something great to read is at your local library,” said California State Librarian Greg Lucas. ”Summer reading helps younger children build a solid foundation for literacy and ensures that older children retain what they learned in the previous academic year, preventing learning loss known as ‘summer slide.’” And watch the First Partner’s Facebook Live story time on Tuesday, July 14th (new date) at 10:00 a.m at https://www.facebook.com/jensiebelnewsom/

Ready-to-use Facebook and Instagram social media posts for the Tuesday, July 14, 10am PST Facebook Live storytime can be found below. The hashtag is #CASummerReading.

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