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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

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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