Mayor Julian Castro to kick off Library Summer Reading Program

At 9:30 a.m. on Friday, June 3, at the Central Library, Mayor Julián Castro will join San Antonio ISD Superintendent Dr. Robert Durón, Rotary International representative Jim Montgomery, and Library officials for the official kick-off of the 2011 San Antonio Public Library Summer Reading Program.

Although this is the second year the Mayor has sponsored Library Summer Reading, this year the program is also an SA2020 initiative. SA2020 is a community-wide effort, begun by Mayor Castro in 2010, to chart San Antonio’s course for the next decade.

"Because education is such an important component of SA2020, the Library’s Summer Reading Program is a perfect fit to reach youth throughout the community,” said Mayor Castro. “Research shows that young people who read during summer vacation are much better equipped to excel when school starts in the fall. The earlier we can demonstrate that reading is fun, the better.”

Children and teens may sign up online at the library's website or in person at their local libraries. Each participant who finishes the program will receive a book to keep. Along with reading, the Library offers free activities for children and teens throughout June and July. A complete schedule of events is available on the Library’s website or at any San Antonio Public Library location.

Other partners presenting the 2011 Summer Reading Program include CPS Energy, the Friends of the San Antonio Public Library, the San Antonio Public Library Foundation, KWEX-TV/Univision, Frost Bank, Scholastic, Project WORTH/City of San Antonio Health Department, Generation TX, Café College, Rotary International, and the San Antonio Independent School District.

Editor's Note: See all of our previous SA2020 coverage. NOWCastSA is planning to stream the news conference live.