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Summer Reading makes a huge difference when children go back to school!

Children can lose up to 3 months in reading skills over the summer. This loss can add up, leaving some children years behind as they get older.
  • Children who read over the summer do better in school.
  • Children as young as infants should be read to by a parent or caregiver.
  • Children learn more when they do more, so our Summer Reading program has hundreds of free in-library events all summer.
  • Libraries have free books and computers for use and comfortable places to relax and read.
  • Library staff is dedicated to motivating children to read.

How to help your child become a Super Reader

  • Beginning May 19, visit any Milwaukee Public Library to sign-up and receive a folder to track the minutes you read or have someone read to you. Help us reach 80,000 minutes of reading this summer!
  • Receive a yard sign to let the city know you are a Super Reader and are reading to defeat Dr. Brain Drain!
  • Earn food coupons, free admission to fun places around town, and a free book for your home as you read.
  • Join us each week for special events and classes featuring magicians, live animals, pirates and more!
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Upcoming Summer Childrens' Programs

July 24, 2014
2:00 PM
Summer Reading Program at Atkinson

The Figureheads. See Milwaukee’s own award-winning positive hip-hop group. Be…

2:00 PM
Summer Reading Program at Center Street

Toad's Toadally Cool Summer Adventure with Nature in the Parks.…

2:00 PM
Summer Reading Program at Central

Cowboy Code with Kidsplay. Hold on to your lariat partners,…

2:00 PM
Summer Reading Program at Mill Road

Zumbatomic. Get fit, rock out and have a blast! Dance…

4:00 PM
Super Reader Writers Workshop with Rochelle Melander at Mill Road

Did you ever wonder how the Super Reader kids got…

July 28, 2014
1:00 PM
Summer Reading Program at Zablocki

Hoffer's Animal Adventure. Interact with live animals from small mammals…

2:00 PM
Summer Reading Program at Villard Square

Reading with Animals. Join Schlitz Audubon for an afternoon with…

2:15 PM
Summer Reading Program at Zablocki

Hoffer's Animal Adventure. Interact with live animals from small mammals…

July 29, 2014
1:00 PM
Summer Reading Program at Washington Park

Reading with Animals. Join Schlitz Audubon for an afternoon with…

2:00 PM
Summer Reading Program at Bay View

Zumbatomic. Get fit, rock out and have a blast! Dance…

2:00 PM
Summer Reading Program at Martin Luther King

The Figureheads. See Milwaukee’s own award-winning positive hip-hop group. Be…

2:15 PM
Summer Reading Program at Washington Park

Reading with Animals. Join Schlitz Audubon for an afternoon with…

July 30, 2014
1:00 PM
Summer Reading Program at Capitol

The Magic of Rick Allen. Gasp with amazement when a…

1:00 PM
Summer Reading Program at Forest Home

Hoffer's Animal Adventure. Interact with live animals from small mammals…

2:00 PM
Summer Reading Program at Tippecanoe

The Figureheads. See Milwaukee’s own award-winning positive hip-hop group. Be…

2:15 PM
Summer Reading Program at Capitol

The Magic of Rick Allen. Gasp with amazement when a…

2:15 PM
Summer Reading Program at Forest Home

Hoffer's Animal Adventure. Interact with live animals from small mammals…

July 31, 2014
1:00 PM
Summer Reading Program at Center Street

Hoffer's Animal Adventure. Interact with live animals from small mammals…

2:00 PM
Summer Reading Program at Atkinson

Pirates Away with Kidsplay. Explore the world of two of…

2:00 PM
Summer Reading Program at Central

The Figureheads. See Milwaukee’s own award-winning positive hip-hop group. Be…

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

Northwestern Mutual Foundation
Faye McBeath Foundation
Brewers Community Foundation
Helen Bader Foundation
Wisconsin Energy Foundation
Stella Jones Foundation
Sheldon & Marianne Lubar
Charitable fund of the Lubar Family Foundation
Gregory and Rhonda Oberland
Dan and Nicole Renouard
Wochinske Family Foundation