Bright Futures Summer Reading Opportunities: Reaching Underserved Children

Why participate? There are many children and teens that do not participate in summer library programs because they are not aware of the opportunity or because they are not able to get to the library during the summer. This program allows librarians to reach out to these kids in the community, and encourage them to continue reading over the summer months.

How it works: Partner with one or more agencies or organizations in your community. Together with your partner organization, plan at least one outreach program in June, July and/or August that target underserved children*. You will receive paperback books suitable for your program audience to be given away to children birth through teens attending the off-site program. You'll also receive summer reading bookmarks containing information about why kids should keep reading over the summer.  Apply by March 20, 2014. You'll need to provide the following information on the application:

  1. Name of community partner(s)
  2. Date(s) and location(s) of your off-site program(s)
  3. Number and ages of children you plan to serve (birth - teens)

Supplies are limited! Applications will be accepted on a first-come first-served basis; once supplies are depleted applications will no longer be accepted.

*Underserved children include those living in poverty, English language learners, children reading below grade-level, children living in rural areas, or children unable to use the library, such as those in childcare or those who do not have transportation to the library.

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Institute of Museum and Library Services logoFunding for this program is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, under a provision of the Library Services and Technology Act.