Library Summer Reading Programs
ALA Library Fact Sheet 17
Summer reading programs began in the 1890s as a way to encourage school children, particularly those in urban areas and not needed for farm work, to read during their summer vacation, use the library and develop the habit of reading. Libraries also now offer summer reading programs for adults, as well as children. Research conducted by the National Center for Educational Statistics found that in 1994, 95% of public libraries offered summer reading programs for children; there are not statistics for adult summer programs.
Although somewhat off-topic, we have collected some resources on libraries with summer meals programs.
Themes | Grants | Benefits | Research | Best Practices | Outreach, Programming | Summer Reading Lists | History