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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

May 20, 2015
6:00 PM
Super Hero Academy Kick-off at East

It's a bird. It's a plane. No, it's…

May 26, 2015
6:00 PM
Super Hero Academy Kick-off at Bay View

It's a bird. It's a plane. No, it's…

May 27, 2015
6:00 PM
Super Hero Academy Kick-off at Capitol

It's a bird. It's a plane. No, it's…

June 2, 2015
5:30 PM
Super Hero Academy Kick-off at Villard Square

It's a bird. It's a plane. No, it's…

June 3, 2015
6:00 PM
Super Hero Academy Kick-Off at Mill Road

It's a bird. It's a plane. No, it's…

June 8, 2015
6:00 PM
Super Hero Academy Kick-Off at Washington Park

It's a bird. It's a plane. No, it's…

6:00 PM
Super Hero Academy Kick-off at Zablocki

It's a bird. It's a plane. No, it's…

June 10, 2015
6:00 PM
Super Hero Academy Kick-off at Forest Home

It's a bird. It's a plane. No, it's…

6:00 PM
Super Hero Academy Kick-off at Center Street

It's a bird. It's a plane. No, it's…

June 15, 2015
12:30 PM
Free Weekly Summer Entertainment for Kids: Illusionist Ardan James at Washington Park

Illusionist Ardan James Be prepared to be amazed - and laugh…

1:45 PM
Free Weekly Summer Entertainment for Kids: Illusionist Ardan James at Washington Park

Illusionist Ardan James Be prepared to be amazed - and laugh…

2:00 PM
Free Weekly Summer Entertainment for Kids: The Figureheads at Atkinson

The Figureheads See Milwaukee's own award-winning positive hip-hop group. Be inspired by their high-energy…

2:00 PM
Free Weekly Summer Entertainment for Kids: Fox and Branch at Zablocki

Fox and Branch Kick up your heels to the fiddlin' good…

2:00 PM
Free Weekly Summer Entertainment for Kids: Korean Drumming at Villard Square

Korean Drumming Students will use their hands and special sticks to…

5:00 PM
Super Hero Academy Kick-off at Atkinson

It's a bird. It's a plane. No, it's…

5:00 PM
Super Hero Academy Kick-Off at Martin Luther King

It's a bird. It's a plane. No, it's…

June 16, 2015
2:00 PM
Free Weekly Summer Entertainment for Kids: The Figureheads at Bay View

The Figureheads See Milwaukee's own award-winning positive hip-hop group. Be inspired by their high-energy…

2:00 PM
Free Weekly Summer Entertainment for Kids: Fox and Branch at East

Fox and Branch Kick up your heels to the fiddlin' good…

2:00 PM
Free Weekly Summer Entertainment for Kids: Korean Drumming at Martin Luther King

Korean Drumming Students will use their hands and special sticks to…

June 17, 2015
12:30 PM
Free Weekly Summer Entertainment for Kids: Ms. Kim's Amazing Animals at Center Street

Ms. Kim's Amazing Animals Interact with live animals from small mammals…

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