Summer Reading Program

Summer Reading Program

This summer we celebrated animal stories with the theme "Tails and Tales." 

Public libraries throughout Oklahoma are the place to go for reading adventures during the summer. Libraries become the focal point for many children and teens looking for programs and activities to fill their free summer days.

Local librarians use materials and program ideas developed by the Collaborative Summer Library Program to help keep thousands of Oklahoma children reading and discovering during their summer vacation months. Programming and promotional items may include reading logs, bookmarks, certificates and a variety of reading incentives.

Many libraries sponsor reading contests, and award prizes to participants who meet their designated reading goals. Children—and in many communities, teens and preschoolers—may join any time during the program dates and participate by reading books and checking out other library resources. Some libraries have reading programs for adults, as well!

More importantly, reading during the summer helps students avoid the summer slide. Summer readers are more likely to retain and even improve their reading skills between school years. Students who participate reap the benefits of a summer reading program.

Because of the ongoing pandemic, each library develops programming based on the local situation. Some libraries may be hosting in-person gatherings, while others will offer virtual programing, or a combination of in-person and online programs. A number of libraries may be offering Grab and Go activity bags and craft activities. Contact your local library to find out how to register for and participate in the Oklahoma Summer Reading Program.

If you are library planning staff, view the Children & Young Adult Summer Reading Program Wiki for ideas and performers for your library.

Oklahoma's Summer Reading Program is coordinated each year by ODL's Youth Services.

2021 Summer Reading PSA

a chameleon on a booka chameleon on a bookOklahoma's Summer Reading Program is sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and your local public library, and is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The program is coordinated each year by ODL's Office of Library Development.