Paws to Read: The Library’s Summer Reading Program

Kids and teens can read for fun during the Fairfax County Public Library’s 2014 Summer Reading Program. Held in cooperation with Fairfax County Public Schools, “Paws to Read” the library’s Summer Reading Program runs June 20-Aug. 30 and invites students from preschool to high school to keep reading during the summer. To participate, register online at or visit a branch beginning June 20.

Preschoolers through sixth graders read 15 books (kids can have books read to them), and teens in grades 7-12 read eight books. Kids can read any books they choose; those who want a list of reading suggestions can find them on the library’s website or pick up lists of suggested authors at a branch. Kids and teens can even read free e-books available through the library on Nooks, Kindles, iPads and other devices.

Those who finish reading the required number of books by August 30 will receive a coupon book with a variety of free prizes and discounts. The coupons feature items and activities such as ice cream, pizza, craft supplies, bowling and laser tag as well as admission to some of the Fairfax County Park Authority’s RECenters and nature centers. More than 25 businesses and organizations have donated over $4.5 million worth of coupons for these free and reduced priced items to reward Fairfax County students for reading during the summer.

The library also offers an array of events to entertain and educate children at library branches all summer long. Among this year’s offerings are Blue Sky Puppets’ Rufus the Dog; Bright Star Theatre’s American Giants of Science; Storytime and Rhyme with Kofi Dennis; Harold Wood’s Circus in a Suitcase; Latin music and dance with Cantaré; magician Joe Romano; live animals from Reptiles Alive; Flow Circus; the Frisbee Guy and much more. Special events for teens include Mind Invader Erik Dobell; video game design and robotics workshops with Digital Kidz; and a visit from Elisa Nader, author of Escape from Eden.

All events and activities are free, but often fill up quickly; registration is required. Please sign up online or at a branch beginning two weeks before an event. Ask for signed interpretation or assistive listening devices when you call (TTY users can call 703-324-8365).

The Summer Reading Program is funded through generous donations including $42,500 from the Friends of the George Mason Regional Library for family and school age programming at all library branches plus other special prizes; $17,000 from the Fairfax Library Foundationto pay for the printing of the coupon book and the sponsorship of some events; and $7,500 from the Friends of the Kings Park Library for teen programming plus special prizes.

Many studies have found that reading for pleasure during the summer months helps students keep up skills and ensures later success in high school, college and beyond.

Watch this year’s Summer Reading Program video.

Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. To request this information in an alternate format, call 703-324-8380, TTY 703-324-8365.

Fairfax County Public Library
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 324
Fairfax, Virginia 22035
Media Contact: Mary Mulrenan
703-324-8319, TTY 703-324-8365, Fax 703-324-3180
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