FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 22, 2019
Mary Ann Hatchitt
(Santa Fe, New Mexico) - The New Mexico State Library has identified this year’s statewide Summer Reading theme, A Universe of Stories, to tie into the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Public libraries around the state will be offering space-themed programs as well as offering incentives encouraging children, teens and adults to read all summer long.
Participating in a summer reading program has been proven to help students prevent the “summer slide” which is a significant drop in test scores between school years. Last year, more than 94,000 people participated in a summer reading program in New Mexico.
This year,10 public libraries will also host a program at the New Mexico Museum of Space History sponsored by the New Mexico State Library. The Museum will give presentations on different aspects of space, as well as bring examples of space artifacts and even a space suit! Other programs at libraries this year will be presented by the New Mexico Natural History & Science Museum, the Space Spectrum, Explora Science Center, the Albuquerque Astronomical Society, the Wonders on Wheels mobile museum exhibit, and many more!
Check your local public library for a full list of activities happening all summer long! This summer and every summer, sponsorship of the Collaborative Summer Library Program comes from the New Mexico State Library, along with promotional and program support. This program is funded in part with a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) administered by the New Mexico State Library, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs.
About the New Mexico State Library: http://www.nmstatelibrary.org/
The New Mexico State Library is a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, under the guidance of the New Mexico Library Commission. Programs and exhibits are generously supported by the New Mexico State Library Foundation http://statelibrarynmfoundation.org/ through the generous support of donors.
Established in 1929, the New Mexico State Library provides services that support public and tribal libraries, delivers direct library services to rural populations, state agencies, the visually impaired and physically disabled, and students and citizens conducting research. The library supports public libraries by providing consulting services, offering training and continuing education opportunities, administering the librarian certification program, coordinating a statewide summer reading program and tribal library program, and administering state and federal grants to public libraries.
1209 Camino Carlos Rey, Santa Fe, NM 87507-5166, Phone: (505) 476-9700. The New Hours: 1-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Events, news releases and images about activities at the State Library and other divisions of the Department of Cultural Affairs can be accessed at media.newmexicoculture.org.