Summer Learning Grant


While summer reading programs are a well-established tradition, libraries offer many other opportunities for learning during the summer months. This program supports expanding the concept of summer learning in libraries beyond reading. Public libraries may apply for funds in the range of $1000-2000 to carry out a project that promotes youth learning in their community during the summer.

Examples could include teen internships, youth designing an escape room event for the library, a gardening series in partnership with your local Parks and Rec, or offering healthy activities if you serve as a summer lunch site.


Massachusetts Public Library with current certification in the State Aid to Public Libraries Program. 


Applications are due November 15, 2019. Libraries will be notified in early January 2020.


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Current Recipients

 The following grants were awarded in January 2019 for Summer 2019.

Municipality Library Brief Grant Description Grant Amount
Athol Athol Public Library Athol Public Library will offer a fandom event that will be planned and executed in part with teens 2000.00
Belchertown Clapp Memorial Library Clapp Memorial Library will offer a series of programs aimed at teens promoting wellness, relaxation, and healthy living 1723.00
Beverly Beverly Public Library Beverly Public Library will offer a series of programs exploring robots and coding for a variety of ages 1975.00
Holyoke Holyoke Public Library Holyoke Public Library will hire the Puerto Rican arts collective ‘Colectivo Morivivi’ to work with youth to design and execute a mural 2000.00
Marlborough Marlborough Public Library Marlborough Public Library will offer tweens free-form art projects that encourage creative exploration and healthy self-expression 1163.00
Mashpee Mashpee Public Library Mashpee Public Library will offer programs and activities encouraging physical movement at their Project Bread site 2000.00
Norfolk Norfolk Public Library Norfolk Public Library will create a series of circulating kits that focus on STEM or other educational topics 1805.00
North Adams North Adams Public Library North Adams Public Library will host a teen internship program 1000.00
North Brookfield Haston Free Public Library Haston Free Public Library will offer a Robotics Boot camp for youth. 1991.00
Northampton Forbes Library Forbes Library will offer a series of STEM programs focused on bots 900.00
Oakham Fobes Memorial Library Fobes Memorial Library will expand their current robotics program by adding more kits 990.00
Peabody Peabody Institute Library Peabody Institute Library will hire a professional musician and purchase additional musical instruments to assist youth in musical creation and exploration in their makerspace 2000.00
Somerset Somerset Public Library Somerset Public Library will hire a professional with a STEM background to provide in-depth expertise for their space-related programming 500.00
South Hadley South Hadley Public Library South Hadley Public Library will offer a week-long space camp featuring a series of programming 2000.00
Westminster Forbush Memorial Library Forbush Memorial Library will establish a Children’s Garden at the library and offer a variety of related programming 2000.00
 Total awarded     24047.00