Last summer I wrote a long and rambling post about my dislike of summer reading, which you can read here. I still have most of those same feelings, and really wish that our education system would change for the better, but on the whole I really do enjoy summer reading and the fun, festive atmosphere it provides around reading and literature.
also like that in recent years, having a summer reading program for
adults has begun to gain more traction in more libraries. On WBEZ lately they’ve been stating a statistic that 53% of adults have “low or limited reading skills.”
While most probably think of summer reading as a way to reward current
leisure readers (who already see reading as its own reward and really
don’t need or perhaps want an added incentive) I wonder which, if any,
libraries are using summer reading as a chance to reach out to, program
for, and otherwise engage and assist those struggling with illiteracy or
Many communities and librarians have been arguing lately about what people are reading (mostly women and teenagers
but that’s a whole discussion unto itself) but perhaps those energies
would be better focused on actually making sure people can read, period,
rather than being the Good Taste and Worthwhile Literature Police.
What do you think?