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MCLD Summer Reading Kicks Off May 24


Maricopa County Library District’s Summer Reading Program (SRP) is bigger this year than ever before.  Participating libraries include MCLD’s 17 branches and libraries in Tempe, Peoria, Wickenburg, Morristown, Mesa, Tolleson, Youngtown, Avondale, Buckeye, Cave Creek and Phoenix.

Phoenix Public Library will participate in the teen portion of the Summer Reading Program.  Peoria Public Library System plans to engage its teens and adults in the program.

The program officially kicks off Thursday, May 24 with 50 libraries providing their customers with programs, activities and fun for the entire family.  The goal is to encourage children, teens and adults to read throughout the summer.

Incentives will be offered at each of four levels of achievement for pre-readers, children and teens, ages 0-18 at MCLD libraries.  For the highest level of summer reading accomplishment, each reader will be able to select a free age-appropriate book as a prize.

Pre-readers, children and teens can earn prizes from GameWorks, Peter Piper Pizza, Arizona SeaLife Aquarium, Del Taco, Arizona Science Museum and other SRP partners.  Several grand prizes will be awarded including iPads, iPods, all-day passes to GameWorks, family four-packs to SeaLife Aquarium, and family fun-packs to Peter Piper Pizza.

This year, all MCLD libraries will also host an adult reading program component.  When adults submit reviews of the books they read, their names will be included in several drawings for prizes.  North Valley Regional Library kicks off its adult reading program on Saturday, May 26 at 12:30 p.m.

Fountain Hills’ all-day kick-off of its children and teen program is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, May 31.  Southeast Regional will kick-off its children’s summer reading season on Tuesday, May 22 at 10:30 a.m.  Northwest Regional’s Summer Reading Program for children starts at 9:15 a.m. on May 24.   

Program sign-up begins online May 24 at and participants are encouraged to visit our Web site to find out more details about summer reading.  Details can also be obtained by visiting your participating library or by calling (602) 652-3000.



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