Welcome to the Juniata County Library's 2021 Summer Reading Program!

Welcome to the 2021 Summer Reading webpage! This year's theme is Tails and Tales. We are scurrying to put together a "paw-some" summer full of fun, both virtual and socially distanced outdoor programs! We will continue to add to this page as summer approaches. Summer Reading sign-ups are stampeding your way officially on June 1st!  

Between June 7 and July 31, you can log any reading you do at home. As you read and try different activities, you'll become eligible to earn prizes. You can print your reading log and kids' weekly activity sheets at home or pick them up at the library.

Need a library card? No problem! You can register here. In addition to checking out physical materials, it gives you digital access to free eBooks, eAudiobooks, and more!

Summer Reading funding is provided by the Mifflin Juniata United Way and by the Friends of the Library. Become a Friend today!

A History of the Summer Reading Program

Summer reading programs began in the 1890s as a way to encourage school children, particularly those not needed for farm work, to read during their summer vacation, use the library and develop the habit of reading. The Juniata County Library has adopted the themes set by the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP).

Numerous studies have shown that reading over the summer prevents summer reading loss, also referred to as the “summer slide.” Summer reading loss is cumulative. Children don’t “catch up” in the fall because the other children are moving ahead with their skills. By the end of 6th grade, children who lose reading skills over the summer are two years behind their classmates. The benefits to readers in a summer reading program include:

  • Encouragement that reading becomes a lifelong habit
  • Reluctant readers can be drawn in by the activities
  • Reading over the summer helps children keep their skills up
  • The program can generate interest in the library and books

The Juniata County Library is offering our local children an opportunity to make new friends and win prizes while maintaining and enhancing their reading skills!