Illustrations by Lauren Castillo
There are two ways to participate in a summer full of reading, games, and creativity!
From June 13 through August 5, sign up in person at your neighborhood library where you will find programs, activities, and events for all ages, as well as Bingo with a literacy twist for children and raffles for teens and adults.
We are very excited to debut a whole new online summer reading experience this year for readers of all ages! From June 1 through August 31, sign up online and earn badges by tracking minutes read and completing fun learning track activities themed around STEAM, literacy, and exploration. You can also select reading materials from School District of Philadelphia suggested booklists, write up book, movie, and music reviews, and explore more in-depth themed learning guides. Every time you earn a badge, you will be entered into a weekly raffle with prizes for each age group, as well as be entered into a special grand finale prize raffle that will take place at the end of summer!
The goal of our Summer Reading program is to encourage all Philadelphians to read for fun and to explore learning opportunities during the summer months. Summer Reading also helps children and teens combat the dreaded "summer slide", so that they can return to school in the fall ready to learn! Summer Reading also plays an integral part in our Read by 4th campaign, a citywide effort of 50 organizations, public and private, large and small, convened and managed by the Free Library of Philadelphia, aiming to have 97% of students in Philadelphia entering the 4th grade at reading level by 2020. This is the largest effort of its kind in the city of Philadelphia. Learn more at freelibrary.org/readby4th.
Enjoy these reading lists for a summer full of fun, games, and creativity!