First Lady Mary Brownback recognizes Kansas Notable Readers

andy lambertSeptember 3, 2013

The top readers of the Read Kansas Read summer reading program and their families have been invited to join First Lady Mary Brownback for an award ceremony at the Kansas Book Festival Saturday, September 7.

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Read Kansas Read is a summer reading program launched in May 2011 by Governor Brownback, the Kansas State Department of Education and the State Library of Kansas. Students across Kansas spent the summer recording the number of minutes they read on their reading log. On August 12th, Read Kansas Read participants recorded more than 700,000 minutes in about two months.  The top readers in each age group from the seven regional library systems were invited to join the First Lady at the Kansas Book Festival.


“I am encouraged by all the Kansas students who participated in Read Kansas Read this summer, and for how many minutes they read,” said First Lady Mary Brownback. “The Governor and I would like to congratulate all the students who took part. You won by just reading, because reading is important and it will be a skill you use your whole life.”


The 2013 Kansas Notable Readers are:


Jaret Zizz, Plainville
Madison Brech, Manhattan

Chiara Crisanti, Holton

Draven Sayre, Colby

Abbie Shurts, Wichita

Brooklyn Monk, Neodesha

Lucy Vajnar, Plains

Megan Roy, Plainville

Kylie McKinney, Abilene

Airica Ratcliff, Topeka
Hannah Shaver, WaKeeney

Lydia Bolton, Whitewater

Julia Kerr, Fort Scott

Hallie Wettstein, Hugoton

Carissa Miller, Salina

Jessica Bishop, Clay Center

Brandi Warren, Kansas City

Tyler Christian, Hutchinson

Hannah Kraxberger, Chanute

In addition to celebrating the kids’ summer reading success, the First Lady will present a $500 grant to Beck-Bookman Public Library in Holton on behalf of the Kansas Book Festival.  The Beck-Bookman Public Library was randomly selected from the dozens of libraries that participated in the Read Kansas Read program.

For more information on the Read Kansas Read program, visit


Story via press release from Kansas Office of the Governor







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