Friday Round-Up, June 21: Happy Summer Learning Day!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Friday Round-Up, June 21: Happy Summer Learning Day!

Dear Colleague,

Happy Summer Learning Day! 81 Campaign communities have shared their Summer Learning Day plans, events, and celebrations so far. Thank you so much for your hard work and perseverance. If you haven't done so already, be sure to list your event on the Summer Learning Day map

This week's round-up about what's happening on the Ning and across the Network features in-depth descriptions of example Summer Learning Day events, resources for summer lunches and rural internet, and tips for engaging cultural institutions. Click through to read more:

  • Learn more about what your peers are doing to celebrate Summer Learning Day. The Virgin Islands has a summer reading challenge, Hartford, Connecticut put together a Day of Service and Book Festival, and Louisville has a multitude of summer programs. We will post more of these Summer Learning Day profiles in the coming week.

  • Two pieces of good news: Children on meal plans during the school year can continue to recieve free, nutritious meals through the Summer Food Service Program, and communities in areas without broadband internet may now be eligible to receive Community Connect Grants to defray the cost of the service.

  • The Campaign and the federal Institute for Museum and Libraries Services (IMLS) yesterday released a report documenting 10 key ways that libraries and museums are supporting young children. Growing Young Minds: How Museums and Libraries Create Lifelong Learners also includes case studies and provides a clear call to policymakers, schools, funders, and parents to make full use of these vital, existing community resources.