Books, Fun, Prizes! Library’s Summer Reading Program Begins June 20

Friday, June 17, 2011

Virginia Beach Public Library’s annual summer reading program begins Monday, June 20. Children and teens may enroll in the eight-week program at any Virginia Beach public library and receive logs to track reading time. Those who read for 15 hours may select a new book to keep, compliments of the library’s Friends group. Passes to local fun spots are offered for completing up to two extra logs. All logs are due by Aug. 13. 


In addition to storytime classes, book groups, crafts and movies, the library offers a variety of special programs all summer long, free of charge. Enjoy visits from the Virginia Aquarium, SPCA and Virginia Living Museum, and performances by local favorites: magician Mike Klee, Ryan the Balloon Guy, Iguana First, JB’s Rattles, Creature Comforts and more.


“Reading and participating in fun, enriching activities during summer helps children and teens become better readers and learners,” said Victoria Strickland-Cordial, the library’s youth and family services manager. “Library reading programs help prevent summer learning loss. Reading just 20 minutes a day can improve a child’s cognitive abilities.”


The library’s summer reading program is also open to adults, who will track book titles rather than time spent reading. After logging five books, adults earn a small prize.


Virginia Beach’s Summer Reading Program is funded by grants from The Friends of the Virginia Beach Public Library and Virginia Beach Library Foundation.


For detailed program information, visit the library’s online calendar, or check out the library’s newsletters, Update, and Teen Update.To find out more about summer fun for all ages at your library, visit or contact the location nearest you.