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Book HNo matter your age, summer can be a great time to read your way to excitement, relaxation, inspiration or just plain knowledge.

As the child of two teachers, I have always loved to read! Or maybe that’s, as a child of two teachers with no air conditioning during the summers in North Carolina, public libraries have always been some of my favorite places. Ok, perhaps it’s a bit of both.

I have always loved reading science fiction and adventure stories and imagining the action and the characters for myself. I also loved exploring titles on the shelf or browsing the card catalogue (back in the day) and finding new places to go and people to meet. It’s hard for me to imagine going through a summer without taking time to read, both as an escape and an opportunity.

And, you don’t have to take my word for the benefits of summer reading. The Collaborative Summer Library Program provides a web page with links to research and reports on the “Benefits of Summer Reading.” And, though many summer reading initiatives focus on children, the concepts apply for teens and adults.

Below are examples of the wide variety of summer reading programs and lists available online or in your area, some of which also provide opportunities for in person engagement and entertainment, such as live music or discussion groups.

On your mark. Get set. Read to achieve!


for children – teens, only

all ages groups (kids – adults)

for adults