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Why is Summer Reading Important?

The Summer Reading Club helps kids & teens read and learn all summer! This helps keep their skills up - and have fun. When kids stop reading, they actually lose some of what they learned over the school year. This is called the "summer slide." By providing different ways of learning through free events and hands-on learning, we strive to give kids a fun reason to keep reading and encourage them to read what they like best. We hope to hold off the "summer slide" and keep kids ready for continued learning in the fall. Sign up at your local library or on our website starting June 1!

Check out our Kidspages or find up-to-date information about kids’ events on our calendar.

The Summer Reading Club is part of every library location and we also take it out to summer school sites, community centers and day cares all around Madison. Would you like to bring the Summer Reading Club to your group or daycare? For more information and to sign up, visit our Group Summer Reading page.

For more about the importance of summer reading, read the Department of Public Instruction's Fact Sheet, Why Public Library Summer Reading Programs Are Important and this article from School Library Journal.