Programs & Services

Summer Reading Program to Kick Off at Vista Grande Public Library

The Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) along with the New Mexico State Library and the Vista Grande Public Library will kick off the state’s public libraries’ summer reading programs this Friday at 12:00 PM, at the Vista Grande Public Library in Eldorado. The special event will be introduced by the DCA Cabinet Secretary Veronica Gonzales and State Librarian Kathleen Peiffer, and will feature a live performance with “Curious Chris, The Singing Scientist.”

The New Mexico State Library leads and supports summer reading programs at 120+ public libraries statewide by providing membership in the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), a national consortium that develops a high-quality summer reading program each year. This year’s theme is “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!”

Today’s special event highlights the importance of summer reading for New Mexico’s children in the summer months and showcases public libraries as places to engage children in reading. Kicking off with a lively and entertaining program, Curious Chris will excite children to partake in the joy of reading.

“Reading during the summer is such a critical activity for children and keeps kids building their reading skills even when school is out,” says Veronica Gonzales, Cabinet Secretary of the Department of Cultural Affairs. “The goal of our program is to highlight how important summer reading is to prevent the “summer slide.  This event will get students excited about reading, which we definitely want them to do more of during summer vacation.”

“This year’s summer reading theme, ‘On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!’ is all about being active and staying healthy,” says Kathleen Peiffer, State Librarian. “We think this will be so much fun for kids – promoting exercise for the body, as well as the mind. What could be a more productive way to spend the summer!”

The summer reading programs at public libraries in New Mexico complements Governor Susanna Martinez’s the New Mexico True Summer Reading Challenge. The New Mexico True Summer Reading Challenge is dedicated to stopping the "summer slide" by encouraging our New Mexico students to visit their public libraries and read more books over the summer break – with the opportunity to earn a host of prizes.

Participation in the CSLP is paid for by the State Library through a federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Library Services and Technology Act.

About the New Mexico State Library

The mission of the New Mexico State Library is to provide leadership that empowers libraries to support the educational, economic, and health goals of their communities. The State Library also delivers direct library and information services to those who need them. The State Library supports research, life-long learning, and cultural enrichment for all New Mexicans. The New Mexico State Library is a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.

Media Contacts:
Ryanne Cooper, New Mexico State Library, // 505-795-0241
Deanne Dekle, New Mexico State Library. // 505-476-9705


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