Saturday, 15 September, 2007 11:43 AM
Governor Granholm Proclaims September
as Michigan Reads to Children Month
-- Governor Jennifer M.
Granholm recently proclaimed September as Michigan Reads to Children
Month, encouraging parents, grandparents, siblings and caregivers
the state to take an active part in the Library of Michigan's one-state,
one-children's- book program, Michigan Reads!, featuring the book
Chickens" written by Michigan author Leslie Helakoski and illustrated
follows four timid chickens on a humorous romp through
the woods, as they manage to overcome obstacles and ultimately conquer
"One of the very
best gifts we can give our children is a love of
reading," Granholm said. "Reading inspires the imagination,
soul, and strengthens the mind."
The Michigan Reads to
Children Month proclamation can be viewed online at http://www.michigan.gov/gov/0,1607,7-168-23442_25488-175545--,00.html.
to see how the Michigan Reads! program has grown and
evolved to turn even more people onto the joy and excitement of
Michigan's young children discover the endless possibilities of
reading," said State Librarian Nancy Robertson.
"Because of the
committed support this year from Target and the Library
of Michigan Foundation," Robertson added, "the Library
of Michigan was
able to provide books, program guides, literacy resources and so
more to 5,000 public libraries, elementary schools, Head Start and
Michigan School Readiness programs. Their phenomenal commitment
given a real boost to our state's literacy efforts!"
In addition to the individual
programming taking place at libraries and
schools, author Leslie Helakoski has a full schedule of stops throughout
September at schools and libraries in Allendale, Ann Arbor, Detroit,
Flint, Haslett, Lansing, Portage, Sault Ste. Marie and Traverse
For the schedule details
and more information about how to participate in Michigan Reads!,
Robertson noted that
the 2007 Michigan Reads! program coincides nicely
with back-to-school time, as well as National Library Card Sign-up
Month, also happening in September.
"Libraries are key
to the success of literacy efforts, including
Michigan Reads!" Robertson said. "For families who have
visited the local library, September -- with its family-friendly
programming centered around Michigan Reads! and library card sign-up
is a terrific time to see the wonderful educational and community
opportunities afforded at Michigan libraries."
Michigan Reads! began
in 2004 as a new approach to the community-wide,
"one book" programs gaining popularity throughout the
most of these efforts focus on adults, Michigan Reads! is unique
it features a book that young children will enjoy, encouraging parents,
grandparents, caregivers, older siblings and volunteers to read
younger family members.
The program aims to promote
the value and benefits of reading early and
often to children, to encourage family bonding through reading and
increase awareness and usage of Michigan's libraries as excellent
resources for learning. Since 2004, the Michigan Reads! program
evolved and now, with the help of the Michigan Department of Education,
the 2007 program reaches out to include children through second
The Library of Michigan
is part of the Department of History, Arts and Libraries. Dedicated
to enriching quality of life and strengthening the economy by providing
access to information, preserving and promoting Michigan's heritage
and fostering cultural creativity, the department also includes
the Mackinac Island State Park Commission, the Michigan Council
for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the Michigan Film Office and the
Michigan Historical Center. For more information, visit http://www.michigan.gov/hal.
Department of History, Arts and Libraries