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Summer Reading

  • What is the Summer Reading Program?

The Summer Reading Program is our annual celebration of reading and libraries. From the beginning of June through July the library hosts themed events to promote reading and fun. During the SRP patrons are encouraged to participate in a summer reading challenge. Summer Reading Programs are held in libraries all across the country every year.

  • What is this year’s theme?

The theme for the 2018 Summer Reading Program is “Libraries Rock!” Each year the theme for summer reading programs is determined by the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP).

  • What are the benefits of participating in the Summer Reading Program?

Studies show that reading during the Summer months decreases the “Summer Slide” which is when students lose some of the learned material for the previous school year. Students who participate in Summer Reading activities are more likely to start the next school year off on a high note.

  • How do I sign up?

There are two ways to sign up for our Summer Reading Program.

  1. Stop by the library and register in person. We have regular volunteers set up by the front door or you can register at the front desk.
  2. Register online using the Google Form below. Remember, there is a small registration gift provided to all who sign up. If you register online, please stop by the library to pick up your gift.
  • How many books should I read?

The amount of books you are required to read is based on age. Qualifying books are based on reading level. See next question for more information.

  1. Read to me (not reading independently) should log 25 books.
  2. Early Reader (beginning to read independently) should log 15 books
  3. Reader (Reading independently) should log 10 books
  4. Teens (rising 6th-12th graders) should log 3 books
  5. Adults (18+) should log 3 books
  • Does reading ______ count?

Books logged for the Summer Reading Challenge can be in a variety of formats including, but not limited to:

  1. Graphic novels
  2. Magazines
  3. Novels
  4. Audiobooks
  5. Ebooks
  6. Etc.

If you are unsure if a book counts, feel free to ask a librarian. If you have concerns about your particular age group or reading level for yourself or a dependent, please ask a librarian. The point of the Summer Reading Program is to encourage reading. We want you to discovers books that you enjoy.

  • What do I do with my finished reading log?

If you finish your Summer Reading Log early, just hold onto it! We will take up reading logs during our Summer Reading Finale (July 20th) and the week directly after. If you are feeling ambitious, you can print more reading logs from the Summer Reading Brochure below. Remember, there’s a prize for completing your reading log, so be sure to turn yours in!

  • What are the prizes for completing the SRP reading challenge?

Prizes for completing the Summer Reading Challenge differ based on age group. Groups will receive the following prizes:

  1. Read to Me, Early Reader, Reader, and Teen participants will receive one book written for their age group.
  2. Adults will receive a Libraries Rock tote bag and will be entered into a drawing to receive an Amazon gift card provided by the Clinton Public Library Friends group.

Download or print a copy of our Summer Reading Brochure.