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Summer Reading Program 2024: Adventure Begins at Your Library

Go on an amazing adventure this summer with your library!

Summer Reading Programs at Georgia public libraries offer creative, fun, and FREE ways to build a love for reading. Kids can earn prizes for achieving reading goals, all ages can join in-person and online activities, and families can check out opportunities to explore Georgia.

Programs typically take place from late May through late July or early August. Programs are offered for kids of all ages and adults, too! Contact your local library for their summer schedule.

smiling kids and families at storytime

Summer reading is a great way for families to bond and develop a love of reading and learning.

Children who participate in Summer Reading Program at their local library:

  • are motivated to read;
  • develop positive attitudes about reading, books, and the library;
  • maintain or improve their reading skills during summer vacation;
  • have access to fun learning experiences;
  • can make new friends, and more!

Enjoy a variety of fun and educational events plus find great books for the whole family this summer!

Five ways kids can keep reading, learning, and having fun through your local library this summer.

No matter your child’s interest, the sky’s the limit at your local library.

1 Read on the go
Grab your favorite book or use your library’s digital downloads to check out ebooks and audiobooks on your device. You can also explore eRead Kids online with more than 40,000 audio and ebooks, including fiction and non-fiction in English and Spanish, for kids in Pre-K to fourth grade.

2 Visit museums, state parks, and more
Did you know your family can check out Experience Passes for free entry to amazing places across Georgia? You can have fun spending quality time together without having to spend money. Enjoy the outdoors at Georgia State Parks, explore nature at Zoo Atlanta, go see a play at Alliance Theatre, or discover local history at Macon Museums. With more than a dozen destinations and a range of enriching activities, there’s something to do in every corner of the state.

3 Enjoy a show or special event
Libraries host talented performers who present puppet or magic shows, STEM activities, art, and music. Check your local library’s schedule to participate in their summer kickoff and take advantage of these opportunities and more.

4 Meet up with friends and make new ones
Libraries offer innovative programs to engage youth in collaborative activities from gardening to encouraging reluctant readers. Many libraries offer storytimes in multiple languages and early literacy activities for preschoolers to learn and socialize with each other. If a child has special needs, ask your library about services for children with visual or hearing impairments.

5 Learn something new
Summer is a great time for kids to discover a new skill or learn an instrument. Beyond books and movies, explore the library of things, with everything from sewing machines to tech kits to ukuleles! Children can also express their creativity through library makerspaces. These hands-on, activities encourage critical thinking as they help children learn about robotics, engineering, electronics, and more. Some libraries even have a Seed Library!

There’s something for everyone at the library.

girls with butterfly catcher and ukulele
girls with butterfly catcher and ukulele

Start Your Adventure

Your library card is your passport to adventure this summer! What will you discover?

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Summer Reading is all about fun!

Summer Reading Program helps kid develop and improve reading skills.

Summer activities are also opportunities to explore creativity, develop social skills, learn new things, and have fun! Georgia’s public libraries provide a diverse selection of programs for their communities.

Contact your library to see what’s planned this summer.

More summer opportunities

Find Books, Movies, Music, and More

Find children’s books, DVDs, CDs and more in PINES-participating libraries across Georgia. Check out a Launchpad interactive learning tablet to help your child develop a love of learning and reading this summer. Launchpads interactive learning tablets are pre-loaded with apps and games to encourage language and literacy development. Or borrow a laptop and Wi-Fi hotspot to access your library’s digital collection. And if you have a baby or toddler, you can have fun with your little one and get a jump start on pre-reading skills with 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.

Search the PINES Kids’ catalog

Get Georgia Reading summer resources

In addition to summer reading activities at libraries, community partners offer services and resources to help children thrive and become lifelong learners.

Visit the Get Georgia Reading website

Feeding bodies and minds

Many public libraries participate in the USDA Summer Food Service Program, providing free healthy meals and snacks for kids when school is out.

Contact your library for details

Accessible Summer Reading Programs

GLS Summer Reading Program: Adventure Begins at Your Library
June 1 – July 31, 2024

Georgia Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (GLS) provides inclusive programs to engage all ages in reading activities during the summer. The GLS Summer Reading Program is for children, teens, and adults who are registered GLS patrons. Have fun reading, attending in-person or virtual events, and completing activities at home.

GLS will offer weekly reading club meetings during June and July for readers of all ages and their families. Participants can also enjoy an exciting lineup of virtual author talks, storytimes, and interactive online activities hosted by the National Library for the Blind and Print Disabled.

To register for the GLS Summer Reading Program, call 1-800-248-6701 or email gls@georgialibraries.org.

GLS patrons are welcome to participate in their local library’s summer reading programs as well!

Special thanks to these partners for their support of Summer Reading Programs

Institute of Museum and Library Services
Sandra Dunagan Deal Center for Early Language and Literacy