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Murkowski to Kick Off Summer by Reading to Alaskan Children

Senator Plans to Share “Ten Rowdy Ravens” with Youth at Libraries Statewide

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Murkowski will read to children at libraries across Alaska via video-teleconference from her Washington, D.C. office later this week, in an effort to promote good reading habits even when school is not in session.  She has chosen the book “Ten Rowdy Ravens” by Susan Ewing.

To showcase the Alaska library system’s “Online with Libraries” (OWL System), the Kenai Community Library invited Senator Murkowski to read to children during their lunchtime on Wednesday, May 23, 2012.  Once Senator Murkowski accepted the invitation, additional libraries around the state also asked to broadcast the reading session.

“As summertime in Alaska kicks in, you can’t blame any child or adult who wants to take full advantage of Alaska’s great outdoors opportunities,” said Murkowski.  “But it’s always important to stay in the routine of reading even when kids are not in school – building on their academic momentum so that when school picks back up, they can join in stride with their classmates.  Summertime reading builds academics – and finding friends within the pages of a book is one of the most wonderful experiences one can have, whether as a child or an adult.”

What: Senator Lisa Murkowski reads to children via video-teleconference feed.

Where: Library Locations:

·         Kenai Community Library

·         Juneau Alaska State Library

·         Anchorage Alaska State Library         

·         Juneau Public Library

·         Craig Public Library             

·         Hollis Public Library 

·         Valdez Consortium Library

When: Wednesday, May 23, 2012, at 11:30 a.m. AKDT

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