Madison Public Library’s We Read Program Returns with Activities for Kids and Families Throughout the Summer
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MADISON, WI ~ The Madison Public Library is inspiring youth to keep reading this summer with their We Read campaign. The campaign includes free library programs, a card game, an artist in the neighborhood project, and a writing contest.

Youth Services Supervisor Tammy Ocampo said, "Reading, playing and participating in fun activities over the summer helps kids maintain their learning while school's out, keeps them engaged in positive activities and creates joyful memories!"

To kick-off We Read, each Library will host a kick-off event in June where kids and families can work with a local artist to make their own self-portrait as part of the ongoing Our Town Everywhere project. Starting June 8th, kids can visit the library or Dream Bus to get their own free copy of the We Read Card Deck. The deck contains action cards that offer lots of different ways kids can connect with reading and form relationships. Each deck also contains prize cards that families can enjoy once they've completed the action cards.

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The Bubbler Artist in the Neighborhood project will bring one local artist to each library this summer. From June-August, artists will host weekly open studio hours where kids and families can interact with them and create their own unique artwork.

The We Read Youth Voices Writing Contest is wrapping up at the end of June. Kids 18 and under can submit a story, poem, song etc on the theme of Moving Forward - Together with the chance to win cash prizes and get published. Submissions are due on or before June 30th 2023. Winners will be announced at the August 12 Forward Madison FC game at Breese Stevens Field.

We Read is made possible thanks to support from Ascendium Education Group, Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation, Madison Public Library Foundation, Dick Goldberg & Lisa Munro, David Wood & Jane Doughty as well as Forward Madison FC and Wisconsin Book Festival.

For more information about all the ways you can interact with We Read this summer visit or for more information about Bubbler Artists in the Neighborhood project or for more information about Youth Voices Writing Contest

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