Detroit, Michigan is #27 of 100 of the list of “America’s Fattest Cities, 2010” researched conducted and published by Men’s Health Magazine. So why, pray-tell, is the Detroit Public Library partnering with MCDONALDS for its summer reading program? The Detroit Free Press article explains the system. When a child registers for the summer reading program, they are given a bookmark. Each time they check out books (NOT proof of reading, just checking out) they get a stamp. For every 5 check-outs, they get a free McDonald’s Happy Meal or Mighty Kid’s Meal. what the crap??!
This is the worst partnership in the history of partnerships. Why would the library, an institution given the task of encouraging reading and literacy, promote such disgusting and unhealthy eating habits?? The first part of the DPL’s mission is to “enhance the quality of life for the diverse and dynamic community in the City of Detroit.” And you think you’re doing that with McDonald’s??! This is absolutely sinful and the whoever gave the okay to form that partnership should be forced to endure a McDonald’s-only diet a la Morgan Spurlock’s Supersize Me, because you deserve a slow, bloated death…which is exactly what you’re giving these kids. Good job on enhancing Detroit’s quality of life, you morons!