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Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 21, 2005
CONTACT: David L. Gray
Director, Communications & Public Information
1-800-952-7403, x208
David.L.Gray@state.ma.us

Ann Romney Kicks Off 2005 Summer Reading

BOSTON - First Lady Ann Romney helped kick off the 2005 Statewide Summer Library Adventure, along with Elia D. Marnik, a commissioner with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, and David Driscoll, Massachusetts Department of Education Commissioner, today at the Waltham Public Library.

"As a grandmother and mother of five boys, reading has always been important in our family," said Mrs. Romney. "Today, I am so pleased to be able to be here, along with one of my grandchildren, Alexis (age 9), to talk about the importance of reading to children and reading during the summer."

In addition, my husband, Governor Mitt Romney, wanted me to read his proclamation declaring today, the first day of summer, as the official kick off to the 2005 Summer Library Adventure.

Commissioner Marnik in her remarks stressed the research that shows that reading throughout the summer helps students maintain their reading levels and reap the benefits of better literacy. She also outlined the many activities that are part of the program at libraries across the state, and said that more and more children and their families are taking part in this exciting library program. "By joining this year's summer reading program, 'Going places @ your library,' readers can experience going away without having to travel further than their own library," she said.

DOE Commissioner David Driscoll praised libraries for their work in becoming community centers where students, young children and their parents, have the opportunity to continue their reading during the summer, as well as providing the resources for students with their homework and school needs all year.

Sponsored by local libraries, the six Massachusetts Regional Library Systems, and the MBLC, more than 115,000 children, teens and adults participated at 397 libraries last year.

For more information about how to join, contact your local library.

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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