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Public Library's 2020 Summer Reading Program Helping Thousands Imagine Their Story

People of all ages are encouraged to keep their reading skills sharp over the summer

June 12, 2020

The Public Library of Albuquerque-Bernalillo County invites everyone to participate in the 2020 Summer Reading Program, a celebration of reading, learning, and fun for children, tweens, teens, and adults. This year's theme is Imagine Your Story.

Participants will have the opportunity to read books, attend virtual events, and turn in reading logs for entry into a grand prize drawing. This program runs through July 25. Registration is open through the summer at

or at any branch. Please note: Ernie Pyle, Special Collections, and Alamosa branches remain closed until further notice.

"I know it's been a different year than we're used to but reading is still just as important as it was before," said Mayor Tim Keller as he invited people of all ages to register. "And the Summer Reading Program is just as great as it was before. You can register online at"

Studies have shown that children who read during the summer are more able to maintain their reading skills and that children who see their parents read, or who read with their parents, generally score higher on standardized tests. Reading is important for everyone in the community, regardless of age, and reading is a skill that grows with practice throughout a lifetime. It's free, easy to do because you read whatever you like at your own pace, and it's a fun, zero-risk way of showing your support for the Public Library and its services.

During a time social distancing, the Public Library is adjusting aspects of the Summer Reading Program to keep Library users and Library workers safe and healthy. While bringing in groups of people to enjoy live performances associated with the Summer Reading Program may not be possible, the Library instead is working with some wonderful partners and talented members of our staff to present a collection of online performances for the community to enjoy from the comfort and safety of home.

This program is funded by the Friends for the Public Library.