The name is a little different, but the idea is the same, with the libraries of the Pioneer Library System providing a wealth of activities in the summer months as part of the annual Summer Learning Program.
It’s a slight departure from the longtime name “Summer Reading Program,” because even with reading being a central focus of everything the library is about, there is much more to the library’s summer activities than just reading.
Signups now are under way for the Summer Learning Challenge, and library lovers of all ages are invited to get their signup process started here.
Participants in the Summer Learning Challenge can earn “points” not just for reading but also attending programs, taking part in STEM-related activities, checking out literacy kits and more. The system goal is to earn one million points this summer.
As a reward to communities for reaching the successful goal, the Pioneer Library System Foundation will donate books to children in Cleveland, McClain and Pottawatomie counties.
The theme for this summer in libraries is “A Universe of Stories,” with programs taking on space themes, science and technology focuses and more. As always, there will be a variety of activities and performers offered for all ages beginning with kickoff events throughout the system in late May and early June.
Check each library’s calendar for exact dates, times and signup information for each program.
Sponsors for this year’s Summer Learning Program are the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Friends of the Library groups, Hitachi Computer Products of America (Inc.), Institute of Museums and Library Services, Oklahoma College Savings Plan, Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, Sonic, Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.