Summer Reading

Every June, public libraries across the Commonwealth kick off their summer programs designed to help readers of all ages explore new lands, cultures, and interests. Participants can choose their own books, track their progress, and feel a sense of achievement. Each library customizes its program and works closely with their counterparts in local schools to build a support network for raising strong readers. To learn more about the Massachusetts Summer Reading program, visit

Benefits of summer reading

  • • Skill maintenance and improvement. Reading over the summer helps kids maintain skills they've learned in the past academic year and prepares them for what's next.
  • • 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. Many win prizes and passes to attractions across the state.
  • • Cost savings. Participation in the programs is free of charge.

Great prizes from the Boston Bruins

The Boston Bruins, partners with Massachusetts libraries since 2009, provide prizes for children and teens selected from a pool of candidates who demonstrate outstanding reading involvement.

Find out more

During the summer, information about summer reading programs and how to register is available at local libraries and their websites. You may also contact Celeste Bruno at

» See photos from past programs

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.