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Children & Teen Programs

Your support helps the youngest learners build reading skills and succeed in school and prepares area teens for college and careers. Donor support is crucial to building robust collections, ensuring educational programs and providing needed technology and online resources.

Summer Reading Program

Each June to August, your branch library holds Summer Reading Program activities that motivate kids and teens to discover recreational reading and prepare them to return to school confident and ready to learn. Research shows that summer breaks cause the average student to lose up to one month of instruction, with disadvantaged students disproportionately affected. The Summer Reading Program reduces this “summer slide.”

For over 93 years, the library’s popular Summer Reading Program has helped more than 1.2 million children and teens. In 2016, more than 41,000 children and teens participated, a record level of participation and nearly double the number of participants in 2011. Collectively, these participants read more than 273,000 books.

Children’s Collections

Children’s books are literally loved to death at the library. The most popular titles, like Goodnight Moon, The Very Hungry Caterpillar or Harry Potter are read again and again. Pages become smudged and torn, covers dirtied and worn. These titles need to be replaced regularly. You can help buy a book for the library and a special treasure for an area child.

“Without the Library, I would not be able to supply my class with enough new books to help them grow and learn.”— Bridget Heffernan - Preschool teacher

Student Resources

A series of online and in-library resources help prepare students for school success. The Library’s Online Homework Help connects students kindergarten through adult with expert tutors for one-on-one help with homework assignments in math, science, English and social studies.

Each branch library offers special areas where children access books, materials, internet and library databases geared to school curriculum. Staff help children with homework assignments and research. And, the Central Library’s Union Bank Homework Center offers an after school tutoring and homework help program.