Summer Reading for All Ages

As summer approaches, the Kentucky Public Library Association (KPLA) urges families throughout the commonwealth to engage in the enriching activity of summer reading. With a wide array of programs and resources available at public libraries across Kentucky, families have the opportunity to embark on a journey of lifelong learning, strengthening familial bonds, and fostering a sense of community spirit.


Summer reading programs offered by public libraries serve as dynamic platforms that not only entertain but also educate, instilling a love for reading and exploration in participants of all ages. From engaging storytime sessions for toddlers to interactive book clubs for adults, these programs cater to diverse interests and age groups, ensuring that there's something for everyone.


Research underscores the importance of summer reading in mitigating the "summer slide" phenomenon, where students experience a decline in academic skills over the break. Studies have consistently shown that children who actively engage in reading during the summer months maintain, and often enhance, their academic proficiency compared to their peers who do not.


"Summer reading is not only about enjoying great books; it's about preserving and advancing vital cognitive skills," said Tammy Blackwell, 2024 Kentucky Public Library Association Chair. "By participating in summer reading programs, families can ensure that their children continue to learn and grow outside the classroom, setting a strong foundation for future success."


The benefits of summer reading extend beyond academic achievement, encompassing the fostering of creativity, critical thinking, and empathy among participants. Moreover, these programs serve as inclusive spaces where individuals from diverse backgrounds come together to share experiences, ideas, and perspectives, thereby nurturing a sense of belonging within the community.


The Marshall County Public Library will be kicking off their summer reading activities on Saturday, May 18, with an all-day program that includes miniature golf, Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge, a foam party, and food trucks. Sign-ups for all four summer programs—PreK, Elementary, Teen, and Adult—begin that day and will continue throughout the summer.


Visit our SRP page to learn more about this year's Summer Reading Program!

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