2019 Summer Programming Survey

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These services meet the needs of children and families across the country, with programming ranging from robotics to summer meals to ever-popular reading challenges.

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A visual representation of data from SLJ's public library summer programming survey.

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Nearly  100 percent of public libraries use incentives in their summer reading programs. Still, survey respondents had a lot to say about prizes and what motivates kids to read over vacation.

To download the full report of the summer programming survey, click the blue “PDF” button:

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