Summer Reading Program

3 children reading a book together

Summer Reading Program

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

Public libraries throughout Oklahoma are the place to go for reading adventures this 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.

rabbit and tortoise readingMany 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 2021 Oklahoma Summer Reading Program.

If you are a librarian or library staff, view Summer Reading Resources for Libraries.

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.

Upcoming Events

  1. Closed for Independence Day

    July 5
  2. ODL Board Meeting

    July 9 @ 10:00 am
  3. Archives and Records Commission Meeting

    July 22 @ 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
  4. Closed Labor Day

    September 6
  5. ODL Board Meeting

    September 24 @ 10:00 am