2018 Summer Program

“Libraries Rock” with Summer Reading Fun! – June 1 to July 31, 2018: Easy registration and programs for all ages!

Keep kids reading– build success skills and avoid the summer academic slide! Adults–relax with good books. Teens– read the latest series! Reading logs, game boards.  NEW this year come join our Intergalactic Battle of the Bands for additional Challenges and reading adventures with Wandoo Reader! Get registered, get reading, make music and earn great prizes thanks to our local businesses and the Friends of the Library!  Have a “reading & rocking” summer!

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 Reading Programs Brochure

Summer Teen Volunteers 2018

We need your help!  Volunteering at the library is fun, is a great experience for future jobs, and can be counted as community service hours. Teens must be entering 7th grade or be at least 13 years old to volunteer.

What will I do? There are lots of volunteer activities, including Summer Reading registration, helping with programs, taking pictures at events, preparing craft materials, keeping library shelves in order, and more projects to help keep the library running smoothly all summer.

For more information and to apply to be a volunteer complete our Volunteer Questionnaire and Volunteer Information Form and turn them into the library today!

Looking for Book Recommendations?

Check out these New Youth titles at GLADLPick something today from Hoopla's Look BookGreat ebooks and audiobooks from Overdrive

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.