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About the Summer Reading Program

The Summer Reading Program, sponsored by the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS), is a cooperative effort among libraries in Rhode Island to motivate children and teens to read for pleasure and to help them maintain their reading skills during the summer months.


Facts at a glance

  • All of Rhode Island's 39 cities and towns participate in the statewide summer reading program, including:
    • 70 public library buildings (includes branch libraries)
    • Meeting Street School
    • Redwood Library and Athenaeum in Newport

  • 2014 Statewide Participation:
  • 2013 Statewide Participation:
    • 13,991 children participated
    • 1,937 teens participated
    • 16,797 people attended special programs coordinated by OLIS
    • 337 teens volunteered at their local public library

  • 2012 Statewide Participation:
    • 13,448 children participated (9.5% increase from 2011)
    • 2,209 teens participated (6.5% increase from 2011)
    • 17,310 people attended special programs coordinated by OLIS (14% increase in audiences at children's programs, 51% increase in participation in teen programs)
    • 439 teens volunteered at their local public library

  • 2011 Statewide Participation and Book Distribution:
    • 12,172 children participated
    • 2065 teens participated
    • 7,515 free books were distributed to children and teens
    • 13,910 people attended special programs coordinated by OLIS
    • 539 teens volunteered at their local public libraries

Rhode Island's summer reading program is in its 35th year. OLIS maintains membership in the Collaborative Summer Library Program on behalf of all Rhode Island public libraries. Through this multi-state cooperative, a program guide and vouchers to be used for materials such as poster, bookmarks, reading records, and certificates are provided to each public library. Funding for the program come from the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act.