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Explore the World at the Library this Summer

In June, libraries across the Commonwealth kick off statewide summer reading programs to help readers of all ages explore new lands, cultures and interests.  This year, Massachusetts joined 48 states across the nation as part of the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP). Through the CSLP, libraries will be able to offer distinct summer reading programs for children, teens, and adults. On average, 95,000 people participate in statewide summer reading programs at their library.

Children
One World, Many Stories
Teens
You Are Here
Adults
Novel Destinations















The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) funds the online component of summer reading called ReadsinMa.org. This program allows residents to enjoy summer reading no matter where they are. Participants are able to go online to sign-up, write book reviews, set goals and track their progress. The MBLC also assists libraries in promoting summer reading.

Statewide summer reading is sponsored by local libraries, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, the Massachusetts Library System, and the Boston Bruins, with federal funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Go Green at Your Library! 2010 Summer Reading Program

Go green at your library logoThe Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, the Massachusetts Regional Library Systems, and the Boston Bruins, with funding from the Library Services and Technology Act, are pleased to announce the 2010 Statewide Summer Reading Program  Go Green at Your Library!  A special teen program, tnk grEn (Think Green) has also been developed. Participants select what they want to read, set goals, track their progress online, and are eligible to win great Boston Bruins prizes. Some libraries offer additional prizes including passes to attractions across the state.

Public and school librarians have always known that kids who read for the joy of it are the best readers. Go Green at Your Library and tnk grEn offer an opportunity  for preschool children, school-aged children; young adults and families to enjoy benefits of summer reading programs which include:

  • 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 who participate in summer reading programs show an increase in vocabulary scores on standardized testing and an increase in comprehension scores
  • 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 on-line to earn a certificate of completion (many earn prizes/passes to attractions across the state) 
  • Cost savings: participation in the program is free of charge  

Libraries across the Commonwealth are participating in Go Green at Your Library and tnk grEn. Each library offers programs that meet the needs of their own community and many work closely with schools to create a strong reading support network.

Starship Adventure 2009 Summer Reading Program

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, with funding from the Library Services and Technology Act, is pleased to be able to help promote the 2009 Statewide Summer Reading Program. The Starship Adventure at Your Library! statewide summer reading program provides children and teens the opportunity to go beyond reading to the worlds of imagination and creativity which reading can open. Starship Adventure! allows kids to select what they want to read, set goals, track their progress on-line and some libraries offer prizes including passes to attractions across the state.

Public and school librarians have always known that kids who read for the joy of it are the best readers. Starship Adventure! offers programs for preschool children, school-aged children; young adults and families. The benefits of  Starship Adventure! summer reading program include:

  • 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 who participate in summer reading programs show an increase in vocabulary scores on standardized testing and an increase in comprehension scores
  • 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 on-line to earn a certificate of completion (many earn prizes/passes to attractions across the state) 
  • Cost savings: participation in the program is free of charge  

More than 400 libraries across the Commonwealth are participating in Starship Adventure. Each library offers programs that meet the needs of their own community and many work closely with schools to create a strong reading support network.

2009 Toolkit

Wild Reads 2008 Summer Reading Toolkit

Summer Reading is here and to help you promote your library’s Wild Reads summer reading program, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) has collaborated with the Regional Youth Consultants and Buyer Advertising to develop a summer reading toolkit.  In it you will find the media plan which explains how the MBLC is promoting summer reading this year, various banner ads, a teacher flyer and a sample press release which you may customize with your library’s information.

In addition to the promotion mentioned in the toolkit, the statewide website Mass.gov/libraries is highlighting Massachusetts Libraries’ summer reading programs.  During the week of June 2, 2008 and June 9, 2008 the television advertisement, which directs people to the website, is airing.

Toolkit Contents:

This Web site, and other programs of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, is funded in part with funds from the
Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency that fosters innovation, leadership and a lifetime of learning.
Page last updated on 05/10/2012