The Summer Reading Program, sponsored by the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS), is a cooperative effort among the public libraries in Rhode Island to promote reading during the summer school vacation. The prgram encourages reading for pleasure, the development of positive attitudes about the public library, and provides constructive activities during this long break from school. Eligible children include preschoolers whose parents read aloud to them to sixth graders.
The Summer Reading Program varies in specifics from library to library but in general incentives are provided to encourage children to read a book each week such as weekly raffles, free admission passes to 13 places like the Roger Williams Park Zoo and the Providence Children’s Museum for each book read, and prizes and a party at the end. There will be performances by storytellers, entertainers and educators, along with crafts, activity sheets, and many special theme-related events to encourage continued participation throughout the summer.
Children are encouraged to sign up at their respective library branches during the week of June 23 — 27.
– Rhode Island:
For the complete statewide summer reading program schedule, visit Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS).
Providence Public Library Summer Reading Program begins June 23 with sign-ups at branch libraries and a complete line-up of activities and events through August 18. For complete program descriptions and schedule of activities and events, click here for the Summer Reading Bug link.
2008 Providence Summer Booklists
In addition to daily and special events, PPL has collaborated with the Providence School Department to produce age-specific summer reading booklists for children–available on paper bookmarks at your library or viewed online. Click on your child’s age range below to see their booklist and reserve the books from the library.