June 17, 2013
IMLS logo Campaing for Grade-Level Reading logo


Press Contacts:
Phyllis Jordan, Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, 301-656-0348
Giuliana Bullard, Institute of Museum and Library Services, 202-653-4799
George Williams, DC Public Library, 202-727-1184



Parents, business and civic leaders, researchers and policy makers have called for quality early education and summer learning opportunities to ensure more children learn to read proficiently. A new report from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, together with the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, demonstrates that libraries and museums are part of the solution.Growing Young Minds: How Museums and Libraries Create Lifelong Learners, citing dozens of examples and 10 case studies, highlights 10 key ways libraries and museums are supporting young children. It provides a clear call to policymakers, schools, funders, and parents to include these overlooked but valued community institutions in comprehensive early learning strategies.



June 20, 2013
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.



Anacostia Library 
1800 Good Hope Road, SE 
Washington, DC



Speakers will include:

  • Deb Delisle, Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S Department of Education
  • Roberto Rodriguez, Special Advisor to President Obama for Education Policy
  • Richard Gonzales, Senior Advisor for Early Childhood Development, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Ralph Smith, Managing Director, Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
  • Susan H. Hildreth, Director, Institute of Museum and Library Services
  • Debra Shumate, Assistant Director Public Services, District of Columbia Public Library
  • Wendy Blackwell, Vice President, Visitor Experience, National Children's Museum, Washington, DC

Photo Op: Children participating in early childhood education program at the library.


RSVP to Melissa Heintz, mheintz@imls.gov.

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