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KPS partners with several agencies to give away 1,000 free books

In an effort to promote summer reading, Kalamazoo Public Schools is partnering with several agencies to hand out 1,000 free books at Bronson Park on Saturday, May 19 from noon to 2 p.m. (MGN Online)

In an effort to promote summer reading, Kalamazoo Public Schools is partnering with several agencies to hand out 1,000 free books at Bronson Park on Saturday, May 19 from noon to 2 p.m.

KPS will be partnering with Kalamazoo Public Library and the City of Kalamazoo as part of their Peace Pizzazz Festival to hand out the large collection of books in addition to a drawing for two $50 gift cards. Joining the event will be KPS superintendent Michael Rice, KPL director Ryan Wieber and Kalamazoo mayor Bobby Hopewell.

The books are to be handed out to the first 1,000 children that sign up for the KPL Summer Reading Program. The effort is an attempt to prevent the "summer slide," where students who don't read in the summer experience declines in reading levels, research shows.

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