Today the New York Times is hosting a conversation about summer reading. A lot of other organizations–YALSA, ALSC, Figment, NYPL and the Brooklyn Public Library, the Office of Letters and Light, and more–have joined in the conversation, so here at The Hub, we’re sharing what summer reading means to us.
I have been in a library’s summer reading club since kindergarten. Now I work in youth services, so sometimes it feels like I never stopped participating. Every summer I wrestle with feelings of nostalgia as readers of all ages and their parents approach the desk with near trepidation to ask if the reading program is still on. I cannot imagine a situation in which there would be no SRP, but with tighter budgets and failing levies, I guess it makes sense that they don’t assume. As ubiquitous as libraries themselves, the summer reading program feels like a rare constant and I love it.
— Laura Perenic
I remember the old Pizza Hut summer reading program called Book It! When you signed up you got this awesome holographic button (thank you 90s) and for every book you read you got a sticker. I wore my button everywhere!
On a more library-related note, around 5th or 6th grade I took a summer school class held in the library. I can’t remember what the class was about, but I remember that we kept track of our reading with a paper ice cream cone on the wall with our name on it. Every book we read was another scoop on our cone. My cone got so tall that summer that it began to arch over the ceiling! That was the summer I discovered Tamora Pierce and read all her books in about two weeks.
— Kate Pickett