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Summer Reading Challenge Ready to Give Out More Books

Students participating in the 2010 Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge can pick up their second set of books beginning Monday.
The program encourages students to read five or more books this summer. Participating students received their first set of books at their schools in May, along with tracking sheets to record their progress. Starting Monday, students who have finished the first set can go to the following distribution sites between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to return the tracking sheets, get additional books and continue with the challenge:

St. Croix
• The Athalie Petersen Public Library in Frederiksted.
• The Florence Williams Public Library in Christiansted.

St. Thomas
• The Tutu Park Mall.
• Cancryn Junior High School.
• Enid Baa Library.

St. John
• Elaine Ione Sprauve Library.

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All distribution sites are open Monday through Friday except the site at the Tutu Park Mall, which is only open Thursdays and Fridays.
The Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge promotes reading and literacy territory-wide and is open to all public, private, and parochial students between kindergarten and eighth grade. Participating students keep track of their reading over the summer and are recognized for the number of books they complete.
“I know there are many eager students who can’t wait to pick up that next set of books and continue experiencing the joy of reading they have discovered through the Summer Reading Challenge,” said Gov. John deJongh Jr. “I encourage all students from kindergarten through eighth grade to join the challenge and participate in this exciting program.”
The Challenge is a partnership between the Office of the Governor, the Department of Education, the USVI public libraries and Learn-It Systems Corporation. In addition to encouraging reading, the summer challenge helps students build their personal libraries by letting them keep the books from the program. Learn-It donated 100,000 books to the initiative, which will be distributed to participating students for free.
Closing ceremonies will be held later this year in both districts to recognize children who read five or more books. Those children’s names will also be printed as a special recognition in area newspapers. The ceremonies will include a special prize for the winning schools on each island in a school-by-school competition.

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