Brownback opens Kansas summer reading program

Children from the Topeka YWCA Kids Quest program listen to Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback read a children's book to them Thursday, May 30, 2013, in the State Library in Topeka, Kan. Brownback is launching the Read Kansas Read program, designed to encourage students to continue reading while on summer break. (AP Photo/John Milburn)
Children from the Topeka YWCA Kids Quest program listen to Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback read a children's book to them Thursday, May 30, 2013, in the State Library in Topeka, Kan. Brownback is launching the Read Kansas Read program, designed to encourage students to continue reading while on summer break. (AP Photo/John Milburn)

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Sam Brownback has opened the summer “Read Kansas Read” program by reading a story about ducks and rabbits to a group of children at the Statehouse.

This is the second year for the program, which encourages children to read when they’re not in school.

State Librarian Jo Bulder said more than 80,000 students took part in summer reading programs last year at public libraries throughout Kansas.

Brownback’s audience Thursday was made up of children from the Topeka YWCA’s Kids Quest program. The governor handed out books and encouraged the children to exercise their reading muscles during the summer.

 

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