Summer Reading Program

Summer Reading Program 2020

Imagine Your VIRTUAL Story at HOME this summer! 

Between June 1 and August 1, you can register for our summer reading program and log your minutes read 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 request to pick these items up at the library via contactless curbside pickup. 

You can register for the reading program here.

Print at home or pick up weekly reading log bookmarks at the library.  Color the box for each day you read for at least 20 minutes.  Continue to download and collect your bookmarks throughout the months of June and July.  Turn them ALL in at the end of the summer and we'll be doing raffles for local business gift cards and other prizes.

Each Monday morning at 10:00 am, Miss Jocinda will go live on Facebook with storytime!  She will present 2 books and a rhyme or song.  Feel free to jump on and participate live, or catch the video at your convenience.  We have a private storytime group on Facebook, so you can feel comfortable commenting and sharing photos of your children enjoying our activities.  There will also be other activities posted throughout the week in that group for most ages.  The group is called Juniata County Library Storytime and At Home Fun Group.  This is a private group, so please request to join and then share the group with any friends who would enjoy it!

Since we are unable to have any in-person youth programs this summer, Miss Jocinda has made up some activity kits for you to use at home!  Each kit will contain two weeks' worth of activities that tie in with the weekly virtual storytime theme.  You will have a book list, song or rhyme words, at least two activities to do with your children.  There are two age groups available:  ages 0-5 and ages 6-11.  You will be able to print the pages here beginning on Monday, June 1st or there will be packets put together to pick up via curbside service at the library next week.  You can call ahead to make sure we have enough put together and let us know how many of each age packet you'll need.  We will be giving out packets every 2 weeks.

Week Nine:  Tall Tales  -  July 27

Cowboy Movement Cards

Apple Craft Instructions

Apple Craft Template

Paul Bunyan Coloring

Babe the Blue Ox Coloring

Apple Experiment

Paul Bunyan: Truth Vs. Make Believe

Johnny Appleseed Code

Mapping the Tall Tale Settings

Tell a Tall Tale (Write It!)

Things are not going to be the same this summer, but feel free to reach out with any questions you might have.  Message us on Facebook, through our website, or email Jocinda at and we'll be glad to help you out.

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!