Summer Reading Program

3 children reading a book together

Summer Reading Program

During the pandemic, public libraries throughout Oklahoma are working to remain your source for Summer Reading fun and adventure. As of mid-May, some libraries were planning to be open to the public in the summer, while others were planning curbside pickup to deliver Summer Reading materials, books, and videos to children and their families.

For many libraries, summer reading storytimes and other programming will be virtual, with programs streamed on Facebook Live and other platforms. Contact your local library to find out what services they’re offering over the summer.

“Imagine Your Story” is the overall theme for the 2020 program, with a focus on Fairytales, Fantasy, and Mythology from different cultures. Local librarians have used materials and program ideas developed by the Collaborative Summer Library Program to keep thousands of Oklahoma children reading and discovering during their summer vacation months.

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!Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf

Reading can take us anywhere in the world using our most precious vehicle, imagination. Some libraries sponsor reading contests, and award prizes to participants who meet their designated reading goals. 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.

So what are you waiting for? Contact Your Local Oklahoma Public Library and find out how to bring the library to your home this summer!

Discover an Oklahoma news source and win prizes! Children ages 5-12 can enter The Oklahomans Summer Reading Newspaper Contest throughout June and July. Eight weekly winners will receive a free set of books, and a grand prize winner will receive a free e-Reader! Find out more!

Oklahoma’s Summer Reading Program is coordinated each year by ODL’s Office of Library Development.

A special thanks goes to our 2020 statewide sponsors: SonicThe OklahomanNewspapers in Education, and the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.


Upcoming Events

  1. ODL Board Meeting

    June 12 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  2. Archives and Records Commission Meeting

    July 23 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
  3. ODL Board Meeting

    September 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  4. Archives and Records Commission Meeting

    October 22 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
  5. ODL Board Meeting

    December 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm