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- The United States's first summer reading program, begun in 1895, was in Cleveland, Ohio.
- New York's first summer reading program was implemented in 1914, out on Long Island.
- In 1946, a Kansas librarian made clear the point of the program: to prevent reading ability loss.
- Computers were first incorporated into the nation's summer reading programs in 1983.
For more fascinating facts on summer reading, "a seasonal tradition as beloved as splashing in broken fire hydrants, playing on sidewalk slip-and-slides, barbecuing on fire escapes, and watching Fourth of July fireworks from a tenement rooftop," be sure to go to Victoria Bekiempis' article HERE.