Summer Reading Program

Summer Reading is an annual program that brings children, teens and families into local public libraries for reading and activities. According to a three-year study conducted by the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University, students who participate in public library summer reading programs scored higher on reading achievement tests at the beginning of the next school year than their peers who did not participate in a summer reading program.

Summer reading programs:

  • Give children the opportunity to choose their own reading materials
  • Encourage children to make reading a lifelong habit
  • Helps motivate reluctant readers through fun programming and prizes
  • Provide fun, free, educational, and safe entertainment for families
  • Prevents “summer slide” which is the loss of academic skills (reading, writing, spelling, and thinking) that happens to students over the summer months

Kickoff Party

The program starts with a party (usually the 1st Saturday in June) where participants register for the program, enjoy free food, face-painting, balloon sculpting and other activities!

Free Educational and Fun Performances

Past Performers/Presenters

  • Mr. Bond’s Science Guys
  • Tommy Terrific (magician)
  • Magic Mr. Nick
  • Memphis Astronomical Society
  • Ms. Pam’s Horses 101 and free horse rides
  • Meeman-Shelby Raptors
  • Millington Fire Department
  • Millington Police K-9 Unit

Weekly Craft Days and Storytimes

(Often corresponding with the SRP theme)

Weekly Prizes for Turning in Reading Logs

(Usually free food coupons that are provided by area restaurants, toys, and other items)

Chances to Win Weekly Drawing Prizes

Final Grand Prize Drawing

  • Generously donated by the Kiwanis Club of Millington
  • Past grand prizes have been: Google Chromebooks, Kindle Fire tablets, and a Bluetooth Jukebox.