Most* Libraries are now open. Hours have changed. See temporary hours here.
*Ernie Pyle, Special Collections and Alamosa remain closed temporarily.
Holds may be picked up and materials may be checked out and returned.
Computers and seating are temporarily not available. Please make your visit brief.
We encourage everyone who can to stay home and use our online digital resources.

Summer Reading

Online SRP Registration (2020 Survey Links)

Online SRP Registration

All participants can register for Summer Reading online beginning May 15.

Babies & Kids
(Ages 0-2 and 3-8)

Tweens & Teens
(Ages 9-12 and 13-17)

Adults
(Ages 18 and up)

These links will  send you to our quick and easy online registration page. From there, you can print a one-page reading log for each person you register. Register one person at a time. No printer? No problem. We'll distribute already-printed reading logs at our branch locations once we're re-opened. Until that time, you can keep track of your reading hours (or minutes, or number of books, however you prefer to keep track) on any kind of paper you have handy. 

Sponsors 2020

Summer Reading 2020
Thank you to our partners!

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How can I support Summer Reading Program?

How can I support the Summer Reading Program?

All of the great Summer Reading prizes, performers, and events are paid for with the generous support of the Friends of the Public Library, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.

You can make a donation to support the Summer Reading Program.

2020 Summer Reading Program

2020 Summer Reading Program

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We at the Public Library know that the Summer Reading Program is a valued part of many families' summer activities - and we're still here for you! With the realities of living in a COVID-19 world, we've adjusted some of the ways we do things to keep everyone safe but still reading, learning, and having summer fun! We invite readers of all ages to join us - at a distance - to Imagine Your Story!

Summer Reading 2020

What is Summer Reading?

  • A free 8-week program at branches of the Public Library that encourages babies, children, tweens, teens and adults to read (or be read to!) throughout the summer.
  • Set your own reading goals and read whatever you like at your own pace wherever you're most comfortable.
  • Watch this quick video to learn about the summer slide and how to keep your kids learning!

Why is Summer Reading important?

  • Studies have shown that children who read during the summer are more able to maintain their reading skills and that children who see their parents read, or who read with their parents, generally score higher on standardized tests.
  • Reading is important for everyone in the community, regardless of age, and reading is a skill that grows with practice throughout a lifetime. It's free, easy to do because you read whatever you like at your own pace, and it's a fun, easy, zero-risk way of showing your support for the Public Library and its services.

How is Summer Reading Different in 2020?

In a time of Public Library closures and social distancing, we're adjusting some of the ways we're running our Summer Reading Program to keep Library users and Library workers safe and healthy. We've made the sad decision that bringing groups of people together at our branches to enjoy live performances is not going to be possible this year. Instead, we've worked with some wonderful partners and talented members of our Public Library staff to present a collection of online performances for you to enjoy from the comfort and safety of home.

There will be a variety of ways to register and participate as a Summer Reader this year. Beginning May 15, readers of all ages are invited to visit our online Summer Reading Registration portal to print a reading log that matches their age group. (See links to the left on this page) Printed reading logs will be distributed at select City of Albuquerque Summer Meal Locations as well as Public Libraries, once we've been given the all-clear to re-open our branches to the public. Online registration requires a printer to complete the process. No printer? No problem. Until you're able to get a pre-printed reading log from a lunch site or one of our branch locations, you can keep track of your reading hours (or minutes, or number of books read; however you prefer to keep track of your progress) on any paper you have handy.

We encourage everyone to read whatever they like and keep track of all reading done. Click the tabs for each age group (left) for more specific recommendations for measuring reading progress. There won't be any weekly incentive prizes given to participants this year. Instead, bring your completed reading log to any branch of the Public Library (once we have re-opened) and you'll be entered into a prize drawing! Each branch will award a prize in four age groups: Children 8 and under, Tweens 9-12, Teens 13-17, and Adults 18 and up.

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