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Reading Programs

Anyone can sign up for summer reading at the Keene Public Library. Choose your program!

Kids Summer Reading and Learning Game

Early Literacy: Babies, Toddlers, and Others 

Teen Summer Reading 

Summer Reading for Adults

All programs start on Saturday, June 10th with a kick-off event at 1 p.m. and will continue through Aug. 14. Reading logs and free books for registration can be picked up at the library at that time. You can also preregister from home, start reading and logging your reading on June 10th and drop by the library for your free book anytime during the summer.

Why Do Libraries Host Summer Reading Programs?

Studies show that for reading success to happen, kids and families need access to books. The library is an excellent free resource for books on a wide range of interests and reading levels, as well as trained librarians to guide children and families in selecting great books. We especially encourage reading for pleasure during the summer months. Children who are given the freedom to choose some of their own reading material may begin a lifetime of reading for pleasure. Children who view reading as a treat, not a chore will feel more inclined to explore the shelves, searching for the next favorite book.

Our annual Summer Reading Programs are a fun way to include reading and related activities in summer family time. It helps children maintain and improve reading skills.

Reading experts tell us that:

  • Children read more when they listen to and discuss books.
  • Reading skills grow by reading.
  • Reading helps improve children’s writing.

Your child will benefit most from our Summer Reading Programs if you:

  • Read to young children daily.
  • Read a chapter book to your school-age children by reading aloud one or two chapters every day.
  • Encourage your children to spend time reading and looking at books.
  • Talk with your children about what they are reading.
  • Ask us about library programs for children. Check out our online calendar of events. Sign up for a weekly email listing all of our programs for the next week.

Find out more about the value of summer reading below.

Dominican University study on the impact of summer reading programs
The Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University received a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for a three-year research study (2006-2009) to answer the question: do public library summer reading programs impact student achievement? 

The Importance of Summer Reading: Public Library Summer Reading Programs and Learning
This research paper and bibliography was created by the New York State Library and focuses on the advantages of reading over the summer months, access to books, time spent reading, and use of public libraries during the summer months.

There is also a year-round program for parents and caregivers of babies, infants, and preschoolers. This program is 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.

For information about reading programs for people of all ages and abilities, please contact Gail Zachariah at 603-352-0157.