WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

PBS Television kicked off The Great American Read Tuesday evening.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it was also launched locally and you can participate.

When students get a three-month reprieve from school work, it can be easy to let learning fall by the wayside. Advocates say summer reading keeps young minds sharp, and the Buffalo Central Library’s reading programs hope to motivate kids to become life-long learners.

Buffalo Reading Invasion

An invasion of bookworms continued this summer as reading advocates descended upon Bidwell Parkway Tuesday night in a public flash-mob style event.

Photo from Buffalo BookBike Facebook page

A grassroots literacy program was launched by a woman who wanted to make sure books are getting in the hands of city children. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Buffalo BookBike will be traveling into neighborhoods across Buffalo.   

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Some Buffalo Public School students will soon be benefiting from reading tutors.  The AARP Foundation delivered a $200,000 Reading Intervention Grant to Read to Succeed Buffalo.

Buffalo and Erie County Public Library

As children enjoy their summer break from school, experts warn of the so-called "summer slide." Studies indicate most students will lose about two months of a grade level in math skills and low-income students lose more than two months in reading.

Buffalo and Erie County Public Library

Stamp out illiteracy and bring on the bedtime stories. Those are the goals of an effort to highlight the importance of reading to children for at least 15 minutes a day.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown kicked off his 13th annual Reading Rules! Kids Summer Reading Challenge  program Thursday. The program challenges city students to maintain and improve their reading during the summer months.

Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

Students from a local charter school recently took part in their first ever Twitter-based book club.  The project aims to promote reading through a digital platform familiar to most young people.

Chris Caya/WBFO News

A massive project is being launched to provide each of the 34,000 students in the Buffalo Public Schools with a free new book.