Summer Reading Program

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The Summer Reading Program is a valuable resource that keeps children's minds active during the long summer vacation and ensures that they retain the reading skills they have recently acquired. Adults also take advantage of the activities and rank second to children in attendance.

We are grateful to Elisabeth Lahti and Joan McGowan for their generous support of the Summer Reading programs.

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Summer reading kicks off on May 27 at all Library locations. The Library staff use professional materials provided by the national Summer Reading Program to design program activities that will bring the theme to life and capture children's imagination.

The Martin County Library System (MCLS) is pleased to offer materials, activities and events for elementary-aged children and young adults geared towards preventing the dreaded “summer slide". Stay sharp and have fun at your Library all summer long. This year's theme is Build A Better World.

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2017 Summer Reading Program Theme

For more information click here to view more information about Summer Reading program on the Martin County Library System website.

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Author Kwame Alexander, Newbery Medalist, poet, educator, and New York Times bestselling author is the 2017 National Summer Reading Champion for the Collaborative Summer Reading Library program. He will be on tour to support and further the theme.

Programs are tailored to three age categories: infants to fifth grade; sixth grade to twelfth grade; and adults 18 years old and above. In 2016, these programs reached more than 16,400 people over the summer break.

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