Free books all summer long.

Hi Friends,

Summertime offers lots of fun ways for kids to be active, but their brains need to stay active while school is out, too! Countless studies have shown that reading is an effective way to reduce or prevent summer learning loss, especially for children from low-income households. What is also key is for children to have access to books, which will encourage them to become lifelong readers. This week Jim McLaughlin, Education Portfolio Manager at United Way Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County, is here to share with us where kids and parents can get free books all summer long. United Way and its partners are giving away more than 10,000 free books to area youth this summer, from infants to young adults.

Read below to find where those books will be distributed and share with your networks to help make sure every child has an opportunity to build their very own home libraries!

Take it away Jim!

See you soon,

Hello Milwaukee Succeeds and Danae!

Kids love summer vacation, but teachers dread the learning loss students will encounter in the fall without regular reading over the summertime. Children can fall three months behind academically while school is out, especially if they lack great books at home.

United Way has teamed up with great partners to offer more than 10,000 FREE books this summer for kids to pick out and take home to keep in a variety of ways.

More than 20 playgrounds and wading pools supervised by Milwaukee Recreation will have books available for kids of all ages, even in Spanish! Kids may take one book every day Monday - Friday from June 19 - August 11 (closed July 4) while supplies last. Most playgrounds operate from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. See here for a map and list of playground locations and hours.

Growing Little Readers
Great readers start early! In partnership with Next Door, parents can help their little ones choose great books for infants and toddlers (and their older siblings) from the Book Mobile and participate in reading and craft activities at special events at 14 childcare centers throughout the summer. Come for the books, or volunteer to help pack literacy kits or lead simple craft activities for young readers!

Residential and Correctional Facilities
For the second year in a row, United Way has also supplied books to children and youth living in residential or correctional facilities, including Sojourner Family Peace Center, SaintA, St. Charles Youth & Family Services, the Milwaukee County Juvenile Detention Center, and others. Express Yourself Milwaukee, a youth arts group, will distribute these books as part of its art therapy and youth development programs.

Keep cool with a book this summer!

Jim McLaughlin
Education Portfolio Manager
United Way Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

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