PORTALES, NM – April 8, 2022 – Eastern New Mexico University announced an expansion of the ENMU Reads summer reading support program to 10 libraries in the Midland/Odessa area. This builds on the success of continued partnerships in libraries spanning across the state of New Mexico.
In addition to the Midland/Odessa regional libraries, ENMU has partnered with Tahoka City-County Library, Lamb County Library and Yoakum County Library in the Lubbock region. The new library partners join the other libraries across New Mexico and West Texas for a total of 69 libraries partnering with ENMU in supporting the largest summer education program in the region, summer reading.
"Reading is an essential skill for learning and the cornerstone of a good education," ENMU President Patrice Caldwell said. "ENMU values these partnerships with libraries across our region to promote this summer reading program."
ENMU Reads provides partner libraries with certificates, bookmarks, coloring pages, activity books and posters featuring Ralph the Greyhound to encourage students to read during their summer break. To further support the program with grand prizes to young readers, ENMU teamed with Domino's Team Bam in New Mexico, Whataburger in Texas and New Mexico, the Amarillo Sod Poodles, the Albuquerque Isotopes and the El Paso Chihuahuas.
"Participating in Summer Reading helps children, tweens and teens develop positive attitudes about reading. They gain a love for reading and maintain their reading skills during the summer vacation." Library Services Supervisor, Outreach and Marketing for the Albuquerque Public Library Cody Wesner-Ellis said. "The Albuquerque Public Library is excited to partner with ENMU through ENMU Reads again this year to encourage kids to read in our Summer Reading Program."
ENMU Reads summer reading support program information is available on the ENMU website at https://www.enmu.edu/ENMUReads.