DALLAS (SMU) — Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings officially recognized SMU on Wednesday, August 7, for the University’s co-sponsorship of the Mayor’s Summer Reading Club, which encouraged youngsters and their families to enjoy reading this summer.
SMU was among those receiving proclamations at the City Council meeting for supporting the Reading Club. This year’s edition of the program will wrap up next week, having attracted more than 37,000 participants throughout Dallas.
At the Club’s kickoff on May 14, SMU President R. Gerald Turner encouraged students to “Pony Up and Read,” as well as visit the campus as SMU celebrates its “Year of the Library.”
At SMU, the program was supported by the Friends of the SMU Libraries and the Meadows Museum.
For more than 40 years, the Dallas Public Library’s summer reading program has encouraged kids to read during the summer months. In 1997, the program became known as the Mayor’s Summer Reading Program and has since served over 230,000 children. This year, for the first time, the program was extended to include parents and other family members.