The Seattle Public Library established the first Vacation Reading Club in 1919, and 402 kids completed the program that year. Now celebrating its 100th anniversary, the Summer of Learning
reaches over 40,000 youth and families each year through free programs, outreach and book giveaways.
With a strong focus on equity, the Summer of Learning aims to prevent summer learning loss (or “summer slide”) while school is out, particularly for indigenous youth and youth of color. The program promotes learning all summer through fun programs, including many science, technology, engineering, arts, math (STEAM) and reading activities.
This summer, the library is encouraging kids to “Explore Your World
,” with librarian-led Bug Safari programs for youth ages 9 and up. These programs encourage kids to get outside, explore nature and contribute to meaningful science research through the iNaturalist app