Children earn books after scavenger hunt

Photo courtesy Eastside Pathways


BELLEVUE — More than 400 children and families participated in a scavenger hunt last month put on by Eastside Pathways, a Bellevue-based supporter of Let’s Read.

During the event, which took place during the Bellevue Strawberry Festival, participants visited partner booths and redeemed cards for free books. Additionally, children were given Let’s Read stickers, and flyers were on-hand for adults.

Eastside Pathways staffers have posted adorable pictures from the event on their Facebook page. Check out the album by clicking here.

Halfway through summer is not too late to prevent reading loss

SEATTLE — As temperatures rise and summer break reaches the halfway mark, Let’s Read reminds parents there is still time to help prevent summer reading loss. The campaign encourages parents and children to read together over the summer months to ensure kids are ready for school in the fall.

Let’s Read is supported by the King County Library System, Seattle Public Libraries, United Way of King County, the Road Map Project and many other partners . The effort aims to provide tips, activities, book recommendations and additional library resources to help families keep reading. Let’s Read is an important part of a regional reading plan that recently earned an All-America City Award.

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Region’s mayors spread summer reading message

SOUTH KING COUNTY — Four South King County mayors have offered their support to the Let’s Read campaign by participating in television public service announcements.

The segments, which were filmed in late June and early July, focus on the importance of summer reading for children and connect viewers to library resources. The PSAs also feature a short video by Horizons National about the summer learning slump.

The participating mayors are:

The PSAs are airing on Channel 21 in each mayor’s respective city and on various websites.

King County Library System Director Bill Ptacek also recently filmed his own Let’s Read PSA at the Kent Library. His message is expected to air on the King County Channel and in South King County, as well.

To watch the completed segments, CLICK HERE.

Cities win All-America award for reading plan

DENVER–Seattle and seven South King County cities were named All-America Cities by the National Civic League on Monday based on the region’s ambitious plan to ensure that more children are reading at grade level by the end of third grade.

Chosen from a field of more than 100 entries, the proposal for Seattle and the cities of Auburn, Burien, Federal Way, Kent, Renton, SeaTac and Tukwila was submitted by the Road Map Project, a cradle-to-college-and-career initiative aimed at improving education in South Seattle and South King County. The community was one of 14 awardees selected from 32 finalists.

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