Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives

Summer Reading Program


​Why is Summer Reading impo​​rtant?

Programming, materials, and activities for elementary-aged children should be a core part of every library’s offerings year-round. Traditionally, summer reading programs are designed to encourage elementary-aged children to keep reading during summer vacation. Preventing the “summer slide” continues to be the main objective of summer reading programs. For many families with elementary-aged children, the public library is the only community space available during the summer months where they can access free educational and cultural enrichment activities and programs.


​​​​​ ​ ​ ​ ​The benefits of summer reading progr​a​mming for children​

Children are motivated t​o read.​​

Children d​evelop positive attitudes about reading, books, and the library.


Children maintain their reading skills during summer vacation.

Children have access to experiences that further their sense of discovery.

Children have access to experiences through ​which they can learn to work cooperatively.


Local public libraries have programs to keep children reading and learning all summer. Whether counting the amount of time your children spend reading or the number of books they have read this summer, children who join the summer reading program at their public library keep their brains active and enter school in the fall ready to learn and ready to succeed.


If you have questions concerning the Summer Reading Program, please contact:

Amy Olson
Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives
300 Coffee Tree Road
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-​1739