Summer Reading Program


Summer Reading Program 2019

A Universe of Stories!

Get Ready to head to space!  Our Summer Reading Kick-Off will be held on Friday, June 14th.  Visit the library between 12 and 2 pm to register children for the reading program and get their Astronaut Flight Log.  Then stay for our magic show with Tom Yurasits from 2-3 pm.

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!