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2015 Statewide Summer Reading

In June, public libraries across the Commonwealth will kick off their summer programs, helping readers of all ages explore new lands, cultures, and interests. Participants choose their own books, track progress, and feel a sense of achievement. Each library customizes its program and works closely with counterparts in local schools to build a support network to raise strong readers.

Benefits of Summer Programs

  • Skill maintenance and improvement. Reading over the summer helps kids maintain skills they’ve learned over the academic year and grow towards the skills required for the next school year.
  • Test Score Improvement. Children and teens who participate in summer reading programs show an increase in vocabulary and comprehension scores on standardized tests.
  • The fun of reading for pleasure. Participants explore current interests and discover new subjects by choosing what they want to read.
  • Recognition. Participants set goals and track their progress online to earn a certificate of completion – and many earn prizes/passes to attractions across the state.
  • Cost Savings. Last but not least, participation in the programs is free of charge!

Bruins Recommended Reads

To encourage children and teens to keep reading over the summer, Bruins players have helped libraries develop Favorite Books of the Boston Bruins, a recommended reads list that also includes librarian picks for the best hockey books. Click here to download the 2015 list.

READ Poster

Every summer the Boston Bruins work with libraries to create a Bruins READ poster. Bruins goalie Tuukkaa Rask is featured for Summer 2015. Click here to download this summer's poster.

How to Learn More

Additional Details on summer library programs, including registration, are available at local libraries and their websites, as well as ReadsinMA.org. You may also contact Matthew Perry at matthew.s.perry@state.ma.us.

Summer Library Programs are supported by your local library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, and the Boston Bruins with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, an independent federal agency that grows and sustains a nation of learners because lifelong learning is critical to success.