Lt. Gov. Hampton issues “Bluegrass Book Buddies” literacy challenge

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – On Monday, Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton announced a new literacy challenge in the State Capitol Rotunda.

“Bluegrass Book Buddies” (KYB3) is a program that encourages Kentuckians of all ages to try reading a book in a way that promotes a meaningful community and shared experience.

There are three steps involved in the KYB3 Challenge: Pick a buddy, Pick a book, and Post a blurb.

“Reading has been a fundamental part of my growth as a person over the course of my life,” said Lt. Gov. Hampton. “This is not a competition about who can read the most books. My ultimate goal with the Bluegrass Book Buddies Challenge is for Kentuckians of all ages to discover the joy of reading by having a shared reading experience with a friend or family member.”

People seeking to participate should first locate a buddy (e.g., family member, friend). Next, the buddy pair should select a book they both find interesting. Finally, at some point during their reading experience, the pair should post a blurb (i.e., picture or video with a short description) about their experience on any social media platform using one of the following hashtags: #BluegrassBookBuddies or #KYB3.

Throughout the summer, Lt. Gov. Hampton will recognize buddy pairs on her Twitter account that post blurbs using the above hashtags. Hampton has also made KYB3 posters and bookmarks available in her office for anyone who is interested in participating.

The program is the second challenge of the Ly. Governor’s Challenge Series, which also includes the “Entrepreneurship Challenge.


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