YDL and the Ann Arbor (MI) Links, Inc. Join Forces to Keep African-American Children Reading

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Ypsilanti District Library (YDL) and the Ann Arbor (MI) Chapter of The Links, Inc. are pleased to announce a collaborative effort to keep African-American children and teens involved in reading over the summer.  Research shows that students who do not practice their reading skills over the summer return to school with diminished reading skills.  This is a motivating factor for libraries devoting their attention and resources to summer reading activities.  If students read over the summer, they will go back to school with their reading abilities intact and ready to tackle new subjects. Maintaining and enhancing reading skills over the summer is important to overall student academic success.

This year’s cooperative project between YDL and the Ann Arbor (MI) Chapter of The Links, Inc. involves the creation of five reading lists for various age groups: preschool, K-3rd grade, 4-5th grade, middle school, and high school. The reading lists will feature African-American authors and illustrators and will be available at the library over the summer as well as on our website. Everyone is welcome to share the information.

The hope is that these reading lists will provide a rich source of high-quality literature that is both developmentally appropriate and reflective of African-American experiences in order to spark a love of reading for these children and teens. Children who complete the reading list for their age group will be given a certificate of completion at the end of the summer.

In addition, the Ann Arbor (MI) Chapter of The Links, Inc. will donate a collection of books to the recreation center (either Ypsilanti City’s Parkridge or Ypsilanti Township’s Recreation/Community Center) that has the most youth complete one of the reading lists. Members of YDL’s youth department and the Ann Arbor (MI) Chapter of The Links, Inc. will be working this summer to reach out to the young people attending the recreation centers to get them excited about competing to win a collection of books for their location as well as participate in the Library’s summer reading activities. 

YDL’s Summer Library Program this year for children 12 and under is called Read. Learn. Do! and teens (13-18) will Dream It! Make It!  There is an overriding theme of DIY @ YDL. Reading is certainly something you CAN do yourself to improve your life!  Everyone (adults included) is invited to come into YDL and register for the summer library program, read anything and everything, and attend some of the spectacular hands-on DIY programs YDL locations are offering this summer!  Call (734) 482-4110 ext. 1340 for more information.

About the Ypsilanti District Library
The Ypsilanti District Library’s mission is to enrich life, stimulate intellectual curiosity, foster literacy, and encourage an informed citizenry. For more information about these bibliographies, visit our website, call 482-4110 ext. 1340, or drop into one of our four locations: 5577 Whittaker Road, 229 W. Michigan Avenue, 8795 MacArthur Blvd., or the Bookmobile.

About Ann Arbor (MI) Chapter of The Links, Inc.
The Ann Arbor Chapter of The Links, Inc. is committed to increasing the prosperity of the African American Community of Washtenaw County Michigan through education, economic and social justice initiatives. Formed in 1979, the group has funded community projects like the Imagination Library, provided scholarships to students throughout Washtenaw County, created a library at Peace Neighborhood Center, and partnered with other organization to promote literacy and the Warm the Children campaign. Their motto is “Linked in Friendship, Connected in Service.” You can learn more about The Links on their local website or national website.

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