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Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners
Web Site: mass.gov/mblc

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 14, 2004
CONTACT: David L. Gray
Director, Communications & Public Information
1-800-952-7403, x208
David.L.Gray@state.ma.us

Governor Encourages Reading for Fun

Proclaims June 16 to 23 as Summer Library Adventure Kickoff Week

BOSTON - Governor Mitt Romney officially proclaimed the week of June 16th through June 23rd, 2004, to be "Summer Library Adventure Kickoff Week in Massachusetts."

"One of the most effective ways to improve reading skills is to read regularly and often," said Governor Romney. "Children, teenagers and adults will find fun as they pursue their individual summer reading adventures in libraries across the Commonwealth," he continued. "I encourage children, young adults and adults to read just for fun, for families that read together provide the strongest model for future readers, a basic survival skill in our global information society."

"This year's summer reading program's theme, 'Explore Other Worlds @ your library,' takes readers beyond their own world," says Robert C. Maier, Director of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC). "Librarians across the state will be customizing this program in their own libraries to encourage participants to read about exploring other lands close and far, ancient times, outer space, and future worlds. There are no limits to the worlds you can explore, right at your local library."

Sponsored by local libraries, the six Massachusetts Regional Library Systems, and the MBLC, more than 100,000 children, teens and adults participated at 397 libraries last year.

For more information about how to join, contact your local library or go to mass.gov/mblc/reading.

Official Proclamation Schedule of Kickoff Events

The Board of Library Commissioners (mass.gov/mblc) is the agency of state government with the statutory authority and responsibility to organize, develop, coordinate and improve library services throughout the Commonwealth. The Board advises municipalities and library trustees on the operation and maintenance of public libraries, including construction and renovation. It administers state and federal grant programs for libraries and promotes cooperation among all types of libraries through regional library systems and automated resource sharing. It also works to ensure that all residents of the Commonwealth, regardless of their geographic location, social or economic status, age, level of physical or intellectual ability or cultural background, have access to essential new electronic information technologies and significant electronic databases.

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