2017 Summer Programs

Build a better you and build a better world – read and earn incentives no matter what your age. Get started by either stopping by one of our library locations, and register for a reading program; it’s fast and easy. Reading logs and game boards allow you to log your reading and achieve goals. There are great prizes and incentives too, thanks to our local businesses and our Friends of the Library!

Registration, reading logs, and event information can also be downloaded and printed using the links below:

Registration Form

0-Kindergarten Reading Log

1-6 Grade Reading Log

7-12 Grade Game Board

Adult Reading Bookmark

Summer Programs Flyer

Why Is Summer Reading Important?

We want everybody reading. Adults need to take time to enjoy a good book over the summer and kids need to avoid the summer academic slide.  The GLADL Summer Reading Program is about much more than fun. Reading over the summer is incredibly important for students and their academic achievement. Here’s why:

  • Children who don’t read over the summer experience summer learning loss. That’s right — kids don’t just feel like they’ve forgotten some of what they’ve learned — they actually do forget it. And the effect is cumulative. Kids who lose reading skills over the summer will be two years behind their classmates by the end of 6th grade. By participating in the library’s Summer Reading Program and attending free library programs, kids can prevent this from happening.
  • The Summer Reading Program encourages kids to read whatever they want, which helps instill a love of reading for recreation. Studies show that kids who read for fun often out-perform kids who don’t in school.
  • When families engage in summer reading together they are able to create new memories, have meaningful conversations, share adventures and experiences while also making an impact on their child’s learning.
  • The Summer Reading Program and all of its associated activities are absolutely free, offering everyone safe, educational opportunities throughout the summer for all ages!

For more about the importance of summer reading for our children, read this article from School Library Journal.  For an impassioned article by Neil Gaiman about libraries, reading and daydreaming for adults, read this article from The Guardian.

Thanks to the Madison Public Library and ed.gov for contributed material.