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2016 Summer Reading Program

On Your Mark, Get Set ... Read! is the theme for this year's Summer Reading Program. Be part of our team May 31 through July 31 for a lineup of programs and events that brings the spirit of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games to the Iowa City Public Library! Our starting roster includes all ages, babies to adults, because reading benefits everyone!

Babies and Toddlers: Research shows that the most reliable predictor of school success is being read to during early childhood. Reading to children helps close the vocabulary gap and prepares them for kindergarten, and promotes a lifelong love of books and reading.

School-Age Children and Teens: Studies have shown that students experience learning loss when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. According to United We Serve: Let's Read, Let's Move, part of President Obama's United We Serve Initiative, reading just five books this summer can help prevent summer learning loss, while also improving students' fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.

Adults: According to research published in Neurology, reading can help slow down the decline in memory and brain function that comes with aging. If that’s not reason enough to pick up a book, a study published in Science found that literary fiction helps readers develop more empathy, while Ohio State University researchers say nonfiction books that focus on someone who overcame obstacles may motivate you to meet your own goals.

Registration for the 2016 Summer Reading Program begins May 31.
Keep checking back for more information as it becomes available.


The Library thanks the following 2016 Summer Reading Program sponsors for their support: