The Ypsilanti Library is determined to stop the infamous Summer Slide, and is not above bribery to do it. The Summer Challenge offers a wealth of great prizes sponsored by local businesses to encourage school-aged kids to read and participate in free educational activities over the summer. The program is designed to stop kids from falling behind on the skills they learned at school over the long summer break, and more businesses and organizations sign on as partners each year.
The program kicks off at all Ypsilanti Libraries on June 16th with a day of games, crafts, circus arts workshops and performances. The library has a separate incentive program for little tykes, called 1000 Books Before Kindergarten. The program encourages tots and their parents to read together though a stamp and sticker book that allows parents and the library to track how many books children are reading before Kindergarten. Because the more words young children hear, the better their language skills will be by the first day of school.
Whittaker Branch | 5577 Whittaker Rd
Michigan Branch | 229 W Michigan Ave
Superior Branch | 8795 MacArthur Blvd
734-482-4110 | Free