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Libraries Rock

Monday, June 18, 2018

Wisconsin’s 381 public libraries offer drop-in activities, events, and many other services to promote and celebrate the love of reading. This summer, many of them are participating in special programming surrounding this year’s Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) theme: music. Adults, teens, and children are invited to rock out with your local public library while checking out the wealth of services libraries offer every day.

Each year, the CSLP provides information and high-quality program materials at a low cost to Wisconsin public libraries as part of Public Library Development support from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. This year, public libraries across the country will offer programs that bring reading and music together, focusing on the power of words, ideas, sounds, and storytelling.


Summer is a wonderful time for kids and families to connect with their local library. With a change in schedules, many libraries offer outside or even off-site programs in places like parks or farmers’ markets. Some public libraries also participate in the summer food service program, offering meals or snacks.

From early literacy learning activities to preventing the summer slide, to education and continuous learning, libraries offer age-appropriate programming and resources for everyone. As always, libraries provide access to books, audiobooks, internet access, and of course, air conditioning!

For parents and caregivers interested in more information about library reading programs, visit the 10 Tips for Parents and Caregivers page.

For librarians and educators who support literacy partnerships through reading programs, visit the Top Ten Tips for Librarians page.