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Arizona summer reading program

When was the last time your family went to the library? The library is more than just a quiet place filled with books! In fact, it is a great place to keep your children engaged and entertained this summer break. 

The libraries in the state of Arizona come together in carrying out the same reading program theme throughout the state. This year the theme is Oceans of Possibilities

If you step into a public library in different cities of Arizona, you will see that they all have ocean decor throughout – encouraging readers of all ages to spend their summer submerged in a good book!

Start dates and activities may vary, therefore you need to check out your local library website for specifics. 

How can your children benefit from the library during summer months?

  1. Reading logs. The library encourages children (and even adults!) to keep a log of what they are reading. Some libraries even have this done through the free READsquared app from Google Play or the App Store. You log in, create an account and can keep track of the minutes and books you have read! This can be fun for the entire family – you can even make it into a friendly competition! Many libraries have drawings or rewards for a certain amount of time logged.
  2. Story time. My children, ages 3 and 4, absolutely love story time over the summer! They sing along some familiar songs, play instruments, see puppet shows, and of course listen in to several read aloud books! Oftentimes, these are broken up into age groups, too! Check your local library website for times.
  3. Crafts. Public libraries also host crafts and activities for children of all ages. This summer, most will be centered around their ocean theme, too! Snag a calendar during your next visit, so you can plan to attend and keep your children engaged.
  4. Teen activities. The library also keeps our older kiddos in mind! Game nights, movie nights, anime nights, and even crafts geared towards this age group! These are just a few examples of what your local library may be hosting. 

Additionally, if your children do not have library cards yet – this would be a great time to have them get one for the first time and check out a book! 


About the author

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Marissa Will is the mother of two toddlers, Olivia (4) and Logan (2). Writing was her first passion: she’s a freelance writer and a Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication alumna. Will is currently educating the future leaders of tomorrow: She has spent the past eight years teaching third grade with a master’s degree in elementary education from Northern Arizona University-Yuma.

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