Summer Reading Program


Summer Reading Program 2019

A Universe of Stories!

Register Online

You can register online here.  Once you've registered, print reading logs for your child (scroll down to view and print at home) or pick them up at the library.

July 2019 Youth Event Calendar

August 2019 Youth Event Calendar

Reading Logs

Toddler Reading Log for ages 0-3:

School-Age Reading Log for grades Pre-K through 5:

Teen Reading Log for grades 6-12:



Preschool and Toddler Story Time Themes

Preschool Discovery Labs - Mondays at 10

Toddler Story Time - Tuesdays at 10

Register for Story Time here.

Special Presenters and Performers

Family Fitness

Family Yoga  |  Register here.

Family Zumba  |  Register here.

Elementary STEM Programs

Register here for any or all of these amazing demonstrations and activities for grades K-5!

We are excited to have some amazing physics demonstrations and hands-on activities with Dr. Carl Faust, a physics professor at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA!  Dr. Faust will be joining us each month with some fun activities (like making your own paper rockets) to get your child interested in and excited for the sciences.  He will be bringing different machines, like a Van de Graaff generator, for your child to interact with.  You won't want to miss this.  Tell your friends!

One Thursday per month at 10 am: June 27th, July 25, and August 8.

Elementary Crafternoons

Register here for any or all of these crafting events for grades K-5.

June 20 @ 2 pm: Galaxy Rocks and Earth Yarn Weaving

July 11 @ 2 pm: Fingerprint Glass Magnets and Duct Tape Pencil Pouch

August 1 @ 2 pm: Recycled Soda Bottle and Egg Carton Crafts

Teen Programs

Register here for any or all of these events for grades 6-12.  

June 25 @ 2 pm: Pixel Art

July 10 @ 2 pm: Stream Study with the Juniata County Conservation District

August 7 @ 2 pm: Astronomy with the Central PA Observers Astronomy Club

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!