Summer Reading Program
Summer reading materials, mini-grants, & training to public libraries throughout Utah
Summer reading programs in libraries began in the 1890s. Through summer reading programs and other library activities for children and teens, public librarians support literacy by encouraging lifelong reading. Public libraries provide access to not only to books, but also to eBooks, audiobooks, internet, computers and literacy based programming during summer and all year long.
Importance of summer reading programs in public libraries
- Helps children and teens retain and enhance their reading skills over the summer
- Studies show that reading over the summer prevents “summer reading loss.”
- Summer reading loss is cumulative. Non-readers don’t “catch up” in fall because readers are moving ahead with their skills.
- Fosters a love of reading through public library programs and services
- Increases successful reading experiences by encouraging reading for pleasure
- Reading for pleasure, whether it be books, graphic novels or magazines and/or audiobooks, builds children’s confidence as learners and enhances their formal education.
Summer Reading Training
Every fall the Utah State Library provides Summer Reading Program training for the upcoming summer. Additionally, professional development training and training related to youth services is offered throughout the year. Check back this fall for the 2020 Summer Reading training.
Book Your Summer
In partnership with the my529, BookYourSummer is a sweepstakes that encourages children to participate in the summer reading program and parents to save for their children’s college education. Entries run from May 15th to August 15th yearly.