Summer Reading 2019

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What is Summer Reading?

A world of reading and adventure awaits young Oklahomans at more than 200 pubic library sites across the state this summer. Read more about the program.

Locate your local public library

Your Summer Reading adventure begins at your local public library. Use our locator page to find your nearest launch pad.

Learn about the Moon Landing

Humans first stepped on the surface of the moon on July 20, 1969. Investigate this historic happening with resources from the National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) and other sources.

Read about the Power of Summer Reading

A number of studies show that young people who continue to read during the summer prevent the summer academic slide. Summer readers return to school in the fall better prepared than non-readers. Other studies are revealing the positive effects of reading in general. Take this tour to find out about the research.


Sonic Drive-In has been a statewide sponsor of Oklahoma’s Summer Reading Program for 22 years! Sonic provides reading incentive coupons to libraries and helps ODL purchase more than 100,000 Book Bags for children and teens each summer.

Check out Britannica's space resources

Tour space with this online Encyclopedia for Kindergarten to 8th Grade. Plus, find out how to access this resource at your library or in the home.


Go to Metro's Wild About Reading page

While most of Oklahoma’s young people will be discovering A Universe of Stories during June and July, Summer Readers in Oklahoma County will go Wild About Reading. The Metropolitan Library System has selected this special theme to coincide with the Maurice Sendak Memorial Exhibit at the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library from June 15 to July 8. Sendak’s most famous children’s book is Where the Wild Things Are.

Get info about the Summer Reading Contest

The Oklahoman’s Summer Reading Contest, held in conjunction with ODL’s statewide program, ran June 2 through July 21. The contest is meant for ages 5 to 12.  The deadline for entries is July 31. Eight weekly winners receive a set of books. The grand prize winner receives an e-Reader!

Explore more and learn

A roundup of resources from around the World Wide Web to further your exploration of space!