Summer Reading Programs Promote Literacy and Fun


Young minds that sit idle over summer vacation experience “summer slide” – a phrase coined by children’s literacy non-profit, Reading is Fundamental. To combat this, Wisconsin public libraries offer fun, free, summer reading programs.

There are many benefits of summer reading programs for children, according to the American Library Association. Summer reading programs: encourage children to make reading a lifelong habit, draw in reluctant readers through fun activities, help children to keep up their reading skills over the summer, generate interest in libraries and books, and provide an opportunity for fun and quality time with family.

To appeal to different age groups, different types of summer reading programs are offered by Wisconsin public libraries. There are programs that foster early literacy, programs for children, and programs for teens. Programs differ by library branch, but may include reading incentive programs and special events such as story times, crafts, book clubs, guest speakers, field trips, and performers. To learn more about summer reading programs, and sign up your child or grandchild, visit your local participating public library.

This summer, Edvest, the Green Bay Packers, and Wisconsin public libraries are teaming up for the second year in a row to build awareness of summer reading programs. Though a promotion called Leap into Reading, Wisconsin kids can win big while combating “summer slide.” The contest will award 20 lucky Wisconsin winners a $1,000 Edvest College Savings Plan along with four tickets to the 2014 Green Bay Packers Family Night Game or a Green Bay Packers Pro Shop gift card valued at $30. Each winning child’s library will be awarded a $500 cash prize if they also register to win. To enter, and for contest rules, visit or check out your local participating library.