Summer Reading Programs

Our summer reading program is loosely based on the program developed by the Collaborative Summer Library Program made available to California libraries by the California Library Association.

Within the resources available to the library, we hope to provide children and teens opportunities to have fun and exercise their brains during the summer vacation.

The importance of summer reading to a child's level of performance in school each year is well documented. Read about it in these two articles:

Program Goals

  1. Motivate children to read
  2. Develop positive attitudes about reading and books
  3. Enable children to maintain their reading skills during summer vacation
  4. Encourage regular use of the library
  5. Attract new users to the library
  6. Promote the library¬ís services and mate­rials to the community
  7. Foster cooperation between community agencies
  8. Offer experiences through which children can learn to work cooperatively

Our 2016 Program

Lassen Library’s summer reading program is an activity oriented program that encourages reading.
Participants are allowed to choose what they want to read—we don’t dictate any specific reading list but we will provide lists of suggested reading that are associated with the themes of the weekly activities.

OlympicRingsJune 23 — Olympics—Sports and Forests

This program will use the upcoming Summer Olympics in Brazil to introduce participants to the Olympic Games and transition to a discussion of the rain forests of Brazil and elsewhere.



PainterJune 30 — Win as a Painter

This program will allow the artist in everyone to go wild as participants will paint their personal masterpiece on the Library’s windows. Please ensure your artist dresses in their best painting clothing.





GolferJuly 7 — Putt for the Win

In this activity participants will hone their skills at guiding golf balls through various obstacles and sinking them in the hole for the win.




HulaerJuly 14 — Blast to the Past

Popular summer activities of the those long hot summers of the past including a presentation by J&J Performances of the hula hoop; yo-yo tricks; and make blacklight posters.




PicnicJuly 28 — Picnic Party @ Memorial Park

It’s the end of the program and we’ll all meet at the park for games, hot dogs and burgers and the awards ceremony.

Images and scenes from past programs


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