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Lighting a path for reading
The Fond du Lac Public Library (FDLPL) in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, was established in 1850. Some years later in 1876, it was moved into a building by Andrew Carnegie, the “Father of Libraries.” Today, the FDLPL serves 43,000 registered borrowers and circulates more than 900,000 items each year. One of the programs within FDLPL is the Teen Library Council. Each month 12 or so teens come together to meet, have fun and discuss reading. Most recently, they had an entertaining time making use of a charitable donation of flashlights from 4imprint’s one by one charitable giving program. They created the word “READ” using the flashlights through holes in cardboard. However, those flashlights will be used for much more: They will be promotional giveaways during FDLPL’s summer reading program. Each summer, libraries across the country facilitate summer reading programs to help incentivize children to continue reading during the summer months. Each summer, FDLPL registers an average of 1,300 children for the reading program. “There’s lots of evidence that kids who don’t read over summer start the next school year behind their peers,” said Terri Fleming, the Community Outreach Coordinator at FDLPL. “Summer reading programs are very cleverly designed with a very serious purpose … to get children primed for the start of the school year.” This year’s summer reading program theme is “Dig into Reading.” Like many other libraries across the country with this very same theme, FDLPL will create reading adventures throughout the facility—a perfect use for the flashlights!
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