Summer reading program at Lee County libraries

Summer reading program at Lee County libraries

“Adventure Begins at Your Library” this summer with the 2024 Summer Reading Program. This free, all-ages program begins June 1 and runs through Aug. 3 featuring online and in person adventure-themed reading challenges, programs and events.  

Each summer, the Lee County Library System participates in the nationwide Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) to foster a lifelong love of reading and learning for all readers and help prevent the summer slide for younger readers. Educators estimate children in third through fifth grades lose about 20 percent of their school-year gains in reading each summer. A robust summer reading experience can help readers of all ages succeed.

This year’s Summer Reading Program reading challenge provides both online and offline options. Each version of the reading challenge is offered in four age categories: birth to 5 years, children 6-11 years, teens 12-18 years and adults, with engaging content tailored to match each age group’s interests.

The online reading program is completed through the READsquared app,, which allows participants to log reading time and complete exciting missions to earn extra points toward the summer completion goal. The paper-based Adventure Bucket List Bookmark, available at all library branches, sends participants on 15 adventure-themed activities.

All participants in the library’s Summer Reading Program will be eligible for the prize baskets at the end of the program. Every child and teen visiting the library this summer will be offered a free, new book while supplies last.

In addition to the reading challenge, each branch will feature Summer Reading Program events including summer kickoff parties, animal and nature experiences, art workshops, musical performances, science and magic presentations, and a comedy stunt show by a superstar performer. The complete schedule of library programs can be found at

To find out more about Lee County Library System’s “Adventure Begins at Your Library” Summer Reading Program, visit

— familynews
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