Summer Reading Program

Summer Reading Program

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The Summer Reading Program reminds kids that reading is for fun—as well as for learning. There’s so much to see, so much to do at your library! There’s no better place to take your kids. There are two Summer Reading Programs for children ages 0 to 5, and 6 to 12. Call your local branch  or the Youth Service Coordinator to register your child beginning in May, program runs June 14-July 31. 

Due to COVID-19 and the recommendations for social distancing, we will not be hosting in person programs in the library this summer. Instead, weekly gran and go kits that include activities, recommended book lists, and prizes can be picked up at the branch libraries. The weekly bags correspond to digital story times and other programs that you can find on our Facebook page, and will keep kids engaged, having fun and reading! 

Public libraries increase literacy levels among elementary school children through summer reading programs, which are particularly effective at addressing the achievement gap. Summer reading programs increase young people’s interest in reading by combining silent reading with opportunities for children to read out loud, listen to stories, and take part in creative activities inspired by what they’ve read. These programs have also been very effective at drawing parents into students’ reading lives, a crucial element in developing strong reading habits. 

The benefits of summer reading programming for children:

  • Children are motivated to read.
  • Children develop positive attitudes about reading, books, and the library.
  • Children maintain their reading skills during summer vacation and are better prepared for the new school year after break.
  • Children have access to experiences that further their sense of discovery.
  • Children have access to experiences through which they can learn to work cooperatively.