Summer Reading Program

Check back for our 2024 Summer Reading Program Update!

Why Public Library Summer Reading Programs Are Important:

  • Numerous studies have shown that reading over the summer prevents “summer reading loss.”
  • Summer reading loss is cumulative. Children don’t “catch up” in fall because the other children are moving ahead with their skills. By the end of 6th grade children who lose reading skills over the summer are two years behind their classmates.
  • Reading 4 or 5 books over the summer can have a significant impact.
  • One advantage of public library summer library programs is that they are not located In school buildings, which helps reduce the negative perception about summer learning for students who are struggling.
  • Summer reading programs in public libraries usually encourage readers, especially those who are struggling, to use alternate formats such as magazines, recorded books, graphic novels, and material on the Internet.
  • Participants often return to summer library programs in successive years, which help children build reading into their summer routine.