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The Kalamazoo Public Schools and the Kalamazoo Public Library are expanding their efforts to promote reading and head off the so-called "summer slide." That's the drop-off in reading skills among kids who don't read much, if anything, over the long summer break.


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Update: Peace Pizzazz, previously scheduled for Bronson Park, will be held at Winchell Elementary due to expected rain. Efforts to keep kids reading over the long summer break are gearing up in Kalamazoo. The Kalamazoo Public Library's annual Summer Reading Challenge offers kids tangible incentives to keep reading - free books. Library Executive Director Ryan Wieber says they earn them by reading at least 20 minutes each day over the summer.


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Bridge Senior Writer Ron French calls Michigan’s efforts to boost reading scores “a sobering story.” He says the state focused on reading proficiently by third grade, and dedicated $80-million to help, but the scores actually went down.


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Ryan Wieber says any library wherever it is tries to serve its community. On August first, he became director of the Kalamazoo Public Library.


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A documentary that debuted overseas earlier this year about America's "illiteracy crisis" will be shown Tuesday, June 20 in Kalamazoo -- the first screening in the United States, says Michael Evans, executive of the Kalamazoo Literacy Council. A discussion will follow. The council's tutoring work with struggling adult learners is featured in the 24-minute "Making America Read" film. Evans joins WMUK's Earlene McMichael on today's WestSouthwest to discuss the event. (Click on icon to hear interview.)


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