Maricopa County Summer Reading Program Begins This Week

Maricopa County Library District

The Maricopa County Library District Summer Reading Program begins June 1.

The school year is coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean the learning has to stop. Maricopa County’s summer reading program kicks off this week.

“In the summer, children can often experience learning loss. Participating in the summer reading program is one way to combat that summer slide,” said Samantha Mears, communications administrator for the County Library District. Maricopa. “Studies also show that reading for 20 minutes a day helps kids keep up with their peers. And it also creates a reading habit that kids will take with them and hopefully become lifelong learners.

65 libraries across the county participate in Maricopa County Reads. The program runs from June 1 to August 1. Although the program is aimed at children, it is open to all ages, and Mears said entire families are encouraged to participate.

Participants earn one point for every minute spent reading a physical or e-book or listening to an audiobook.

“You can also earn points by attending events in your library. We’re also hosting fun online events that will give you secret codes for bonus points,” Mears said.

Prizes for points earned include coupons for a free pizza, tickets to see the Phoenix Mercury or a free book.

Mears said the goal is to get 75,000 attendees this year. Participants can register online at for English speakers or for Spanish speakers.

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