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Vol. 44 No. 8 • August 2011

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Leadership Institute update .....................2

Library Laws now updated .......3

Carol McMurry Grants Now Available ................3

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First Lady donates books with Scholastic Reading


First Lady Carol Mead and publisher Scholastic donated over 500 books to a summer reading program in Laramie County this week. Mrs. Mead partnered with the Scholastic Reading Ambassadors program to encourage children to work on their literacy skills over the summer. Mrs. Mead is one of 44 first spouses nationwide to partici- pate in this effort. The First Lady said that educa- tion and literacy are priorities for Governor Mead and herself. “We’re interested in good outcomes for children. We believe a whole host of social problems can be addressed through teaching children, through education, through literacy and so anything we can do to improve literacy in the state of Wyoming we want to do.” The Scholastic Reading Ambassadors program aims to provide third, fourth and fifth graders books to keep reading proficiency up over the summer. The books are for the children to keep. Mrs. Mead said the books were anticipated to ar- rive at the end of the school year, but flooding de- layed their arrival. “We decided that we still wanted those books to get in the hands of young kids and the county library was a logical way to achieve that because it has a summer reading program,” the First Lady said.

Laramie County Librarian, Lucie Osborn accepting the donation of books from Scholastic with the Governor’s daughter, Mary Mead and first lady, Carol Mead.

“We are thrilled to have these wonderful books to put into the hands of 9 to 12 year old kids so they can keep their reading skills up over the sum- mer,” Laramie County Librarian Lucie Osborn said. “Reading throughout the summer helps kids maintain their skills and start out the new school year ahead of the game. We thank Scholastic and Carol Mead, Wyoming’s First Lady for the dona- tion and for helping kids keep reading through the summer.” The Scholastic Reading Ambassadors program has been around for several years and the First Lady said she will participate in the future. “It is our hope that next year we will have the books in hand earlier in the year and can disseminate them around the state,” Mrs. Mead said.

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