Alaska Statewide Summer Reading Program
Each summer, public libraries in Alaska host summer reading programs designed to promote, encourage and support reading. These programs help to mitigate the phenomenon known as the "summer slide" or summer learning loss.
The Alaska State Library sponsors a statewide summer reading program by providing a basic starter kit of materials and a summer reading program manual to each library participating in the statewide program. At the conclusion of the summer reading program, participating libraries complete and submit a summer reading program report and evaluation. The information from evaluations help the Alaska State Library plan meet federal grant requirements.
2020 Library Participation Form
To participate in the 2020 Alaska Statewide Summer Reading Program “Dig Deeper: Read, Investigate, Discover!” please complete the online registration form. Deadline to register is .
Get Ready for Summer Reading
Watch iRead Webinar
Programming and Advocacy Resources
- STEM Activity Clearinghouse
- Programming Ideas for Librarians
- Libraries at the Center of Summer Learning and Fun [PDF]: An online toolkit to expand summer reading to summer learning
- Diverse Book Finders' mission is to diversify and balance bookshelves everywhere, that all our children can find themselves reflected and celebrated in libraries, schools and homes across the nation.
- 2018 American Indian Youth Literature Award
- Summer Reading Infographics:
Slogans & Themes
- : Dig Deeper: Read, Investigate, Discover
- : Reading Colors Your World
Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)
Libraries throughout Alaska have begun partnering with the Summer Food Service Program as a way to improve services for underserved children and low-income families. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a federally-funded program that provides free, nutritious meals to children age 18 or younger living in low-income areas, or pockets of poverty during the summer months when school is not in session. Below are some helpful resources to get you started:
- iREAD Reading Program
- Project Outcome
- Bedtime Math: Be a Math Hero not a Zero by including math into your library's summer reading program.
- Lunar & Planetary Institute: Family Space Days activities that are out of this world!
- National Summer Learning Association: National non-profit organization focused on closing the achievement gap by investing in summer learning.
- Read Aloud 15 Minutes: Encourages parents to read aloud to their children for 15 minutes every day.
- STAR Net: Science-technology & resources for libraries.
This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Alaska State Library under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.
Page last updated 10/21/2019