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Each year, Olathe Reads presents the Summer Reading Finale - an end-of-summer reading celebration recognizing youth who have completed the Olathe Public Library's Summer Reading Club. On August 15th at 10:30 a.m., the Summer Reading Club will culminate a year's worth of reading with its Year-End Finale at Scarborough Elementary School in Olathe. The event will offer fun for the entire family, featuring Richard Holmgren's "Flying Debris" juggling and "zany" stunt performance. Club participants are encouraged to return their summer reading folders to either Olathe library location between now and August 16th to receive a free paperback book.
The Library's Summer Reading Club has seen a steady increase in participants since the inception of the Olathe Reads literacy initiative, with the number of children participating increasing from 825 in 2005 to over 1,800 in 2008. That number is expected to grow again this year. The Summer Reading Club program for elementary school students promotes reading during the summer months, when there can be a significant drop in students' reading ability.
Olathe Reads is a nationally-recognized literacy program formed by the Olathe Public Library, Olathe District Schools, and the City of Olathe. It not only includes the Olathe Public Library Summer Reading Program, but also the Points of Light Foundation Award winning "I Read with Mayor Mike" initiative in Olathe elementary schools. Olathe Reads is made possible by the generous support of Olathe businesses, civic clubs, and other organizations, including the Comcast Foundation.
For more information about Olathe Reads, contact Mayor Copeland's office at 971-8500.