Summer Reading Program for Kids FAQ
What is it?
Kids use a game board to track their reading progress throughout the summer, with fun challenges and prizes along the way.
Why should my child participate in the summer reading program?
There are plenty of benefits:
- It generates interest in books. The library offers a large and diverse selection of wonderful titles, and kids are more motivated to read when books of their own choosing are readily available to them.
- It encourages kids to make reading a habit and to become confident, comfortable library users who view reading as a positive experience.
- It helps children maintain and develop the reading skills they’ve learned at school, preventing the “summer slide” that sometimes happens when they’re out of school for an extended time.
- It provides a sense of pride and accomplishment.
- It’s fun!
How old do you need to be to participate?
The SRP is for children from preschool through grade 5 (“going into”). Older kids may join the teen program.
My child doesn’t read yet – can she still join?
Yes. “Pre-readers” participate by having books read to them, and children who are just beginning to read might alternate reading and listening time.
What are the dates?
June 26 through August 31.
My family will be away on vacation for a couple of weeks and the kids won’t be able to pick up their game boards until we get back. Will it be too late?
No, they can start any time. And if they don’t want to wait, we’ll soon be posting a link to the game board on this page so they can get started while away.
Sounds like fun. I wish there was a summer reading program for adults.
There is! Stop by the Lending desk downstairs or the Adult Services desk upstairs to pick up a game board for adults. You’ll be a great role model for your child, and you’ll both have fun!