As the school year comes to a close and life begins to slow down a bit for some, public libraries everywhere are gearing up for their busiest time of the year: the summer reading program. While it may be the busiest, most hectic time of the year for me, it’s also my favorite. It’s the time of the year when the library truly comes to life, when it’s full of kids, families, activities, performers, games, and more.

This year’s national library summer theme is “Libraries Rock,” and libraries across the country will be celebrating music. Your local library and neighboring libraries will be offering activities, crafts, and performances all summer long. Librarians will be sharing wonderful books and encouraging kids to keep reading throughout the summer. Kids of all ages can attend book clubs and musical events, meet new friends, and try out new games. My library will be forming a kids’ ukulele club! There is truly something for everyone at your public library. And it’s free!

If you and your family don’t already have library cards, now is the perfect time to join and visit. Stop in, check out some books, and take a peek at all the rockin’ events we have planned for you and your family this summer!

Caitlin Corless is the Children’s Librarian at Essex Free Library in Essex, VT.

Photo: CLiF Presenter and author/illustrator and musician Jim Arnosky kicks off CLiF’s Rural Libraries program at Gilmanton Year-Round Library in Gilmanton Ironworks, NH

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