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Youth Read Across Rhode Island jump starts Summer Reading!

Young Readers Invited to Make a Splash into Summer Reading 2010 with author Kate Klise at RI State House on June 12, 2010

FOUNTAINjacketRhode Island third through sixth graders and their families are invited to the kick-off of the first-ever Youth Reading Across Rhode Island on Saturday, June 12 at the Rhode Island State House, 12 Noon — 3:00 pm.  The event marks the beginning of 2010 Summer Reading activities coming to libraries statewide.  This year’s summer reading theme is Make a Splash. Loads of fun activities planned for attendees, including a book talk about Regarding the Fountain by author Kate Klise.

Spearheaded by the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services and the Rhode Island Center for the Book at Providence Public Library, Youth Reading Across Rhode Island is patterned after the Rhode Island Center for the Book’s very popular Reading Across Rhode Island – which just completed its eighth successful year as the state’s one state, one book project.  Youth Reading Across Rhode Island will be implemented by children’s librarians from around the state.

The project is supported by the RI Office of Library and Information Services with a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services; the RI Center for the Book at Providence Public Library; McDonald’s local owners/operators of RI; the RI State Council on the Arts; the RI Educational Media Association; the Rhode Island Library Association; and author Kelly Easton with Michael Rubin.

State House Celebration, June 12th, 12 Noon — 3 PM

Event Schedule
Author Kate Klise to speak; each family to receive a free book (Regarding the Fountain)
Popular author Kate Klise will speak at 1:00 pm; a book sale and signing will follow.
Children and families can participate in crafts and games led by children’s librarians from around the state.
Festivities include music from Joe’s Backyard Band, a visit with PawSox mascot Paws, displays and information from the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, and balloon creations from Mr. Twister.
Vendors with sandwiches, popcorn and ice cream will be on hand to sell lunch and snacks.

About the Author & Book
KATE KLISE has written picture books and middle-grade novels, all illustrated by her sister, M. Sarah Klise. She has also written two young adult novels and is a freelance reporter for People magazine. Kate lives and writes in Norwood, Missouri.

In Regarding the Fountain, replacing a leaky water fountain proves to be much more than a simple plumbing problem, and the mystery is revealed through a torrent of letters, memos, and fanciful sketches that fly among Flo Waters, a zany fountain designer with a heart of gold, a group of creative fifth graders, their dedicated teacher, gruff school principal, crafty school secretary, and mysteriously panicky school board president.

Join in the fun at the Youth Reading Across Rhode Island kick-off or participate in a book discussion or activity at your local Rhode Island public library this summer.  For up-to-date information, visit http://yrari.blogspot.com or call 401-574-9309 or 401-455-8134.

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