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New Report: How Museums and Libraries Create Lifelong Learners

Libraries and museums are effective, but often overlooked, resources in our nation’€™s effort to turn around a crisis in early learning, exposing children to reading and powerful learning experiences in the critical early years and keeping them learning through the summer months, according to a report issued today by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.

“We have to do everything we can to give all our children opportunities to get off to a strong start, and community institutions play a critical role. For parents and families, libraries and museums are a go-to resource that supports them as their child’s first teacher,”€ said Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education.

The report, Growing Young Minds: How Museums and Libraries Create Lifelong Learners, is available at http://www.imls.gov/assets/1/AssetManager/GrowingYoungMinds.pdf and documents dozens of examples and 10 key ways libraries and museums are supporting young children.

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