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What is a Summer Reading Program?
The SRP is an incentivized reading challenge for all ages, but especially for school-aged individuals. The goal is to encourage reading and reward readers with engagement, prizes, and activities!
“Summer reading is critical, not only for helping kids maintain learning while school is out, but also for fostering social-emotional development, discovering the joy of stories, and elevating the importance of lifelong learning.”
Check with your local public library to see when in-person registration opens—it varies slightly by location. You will receive a free log book and stickers to track your reading.
Your library may also have fun activities and initiatives for kids to take part in.
According to the American Library Association, “95 percent of libraries offer summer reading programs to forestall the “summer slide” in reading achievement experienced when learning takes a holiday between school terms.”
How to participate in the program
- Visit your Local Library to get a log book (Here is a List of all the NLLS member libraries!)
- Find out what kinds of local activities are going on at your library this summer
- Log your hours with our online form
- Be entered into draws to win local prizes and the NLLS Grand prize
- Submit an entry into the Sandcastle Contest
- and have fun this summer!
What are the benefits of Summer Reading Programs?
- Encourages life‑long reading habits
- Supports reluctant readers
- Helps children maintain their reading skills
- Stimulates interest in the library and reading
- Exercises the brain over the summer
- Increases your child’s knowledge base
- Motivates children to read for fun
- Prevents summer learning loss
- Children can participate anywhere
- Provides an alternative summer activity
- Improves overall reading skills