Nightime is the theme of the State Library of Louisiana’s 2012 Louisiana Summer Reading Program. Children, teen and adult programs each have a different slogan—the children’s summer reading slogan is Dream Big: READ; the teen slogan is Own the Night and the adult slogan is Between the Covers.
The Summer Reading Program offers a variety of activities to draw families into the library like art projects, creative writing, sports and gaming. These activities encourage them to continue reading throughout the summer, and to cultivate a love of reading in Louisiana’s next generation. Families are encouraged to check with their local public library to learn about specific incentives and programs available in their communities.
In 2011, 89,000 people participated in the summer reading program and Louisiana libraries offered 8,500 free programs with more than 253,000 patrons in attendance. Studies show that youths who read during the summer return to school in the fall at or above their spring reading levels.
The summer reading programs are part of the Collaborative Summer Library Programs, a national cooperative to encourage reading throughout the summer. Those registered with the State Library’s Talking Books and Braille Library can also participate. For more information on the summer reading program or other State Library programs, visit www.state.lib.la.us.