GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - There is a push to get boys to read more.
The Kent District Library is starting a new program called "Guys Read."
KDL Librarians say last year alone, boys checked out 256,000 fewer books than girls.
The "Guys Read" program is in response to those numbers. The program is intended to get boys interested in reading. The goal is two fold. They want to make reading a masculine activity and to improve boys test scores.
Tammy Schneider of the Kent District Library says, "When circulation improves, reading scores go up and reading for pleasure increases. If you can read you can do a lot of things. School is easier in general when you read well. We need to help with those things."
Josh Bernstein of the Kent District Library adds, "There are book lists. We've got sports, humor, comics, horror. Just trying to get the kind of books kids want in their hands."
"Guys Read" incorporates physical activities, audio books, large print books, and discussion groups led by men at all 19 KDL branch locations.
You can read more about the program in Grand Rapids Family Magazine, which is available for free at family oriented locations, medical offices, and other locations around West Michigan. Or click here to go to the GR Family Magazine website.