Get ready to read with local hip-hop, dance, music, and theater artists!
Enjoy hands-on storytelling with help from special guests, including Art with a Heart, Maryland SPCA, The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, and The National Aquarium.
SummerREADS programs are geared to students in grades K-3 and their families, although the library is open to all Baltimore City School students in current Pre-K-8th grades. Priority will be given to students who attend school sites. Students who do not attend school sites may be put on a waitlist if a library is at capacity.
Commodore John Rodgers Elementary/Middle
Francis Scott Key Elementary/Middle
George Washington Elementary
Harford Heights Elementary
Moravia Park Elementary
Morrell Park Elementary/Middle
Thomas Johnson Elementary/Middle
Westport Academy Elementary/Middle
Windsor Hills Elementary/Middle
Monday – Friday
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Drop in or drop off anytime between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm*
Free breakfast at 8:30 am Free lunch at noon
*If you would like to register for SummerReads at Morrell Park, you will need to fill out a separate form. Download here and return to SummerREADS@yamd.org or register on-site at Morrell Park. Parents and families are welcome to stay for the duration of the program however they are not required to do so. Pre-registration is encouraged. Daily on-site registration will be available for families who wish to drop their children off if space allows. Download our policies and procedures here.
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For more information, contact Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-837-7577 ext 118.
*Please check with your school for specific times of activities.
There is a significant body of evidence that reading on grade level is an important indicator for future academic and life success. Unfortunately, many young people struggle with this important skill development. After-school and summer programs can play a critical role in providing literacy rich environments and engaging families in literacy activities.
In partnership with The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, the Baltimore Elementary and Middle School Library Project, and Baltimore City Public Schools, Young Audiences will operate nine SummerREADS program sites in Baltimore City during a six-week period this summer. Now entering its fourth year, SummerREADS is a free literacy initiative that provides drop-in programming for Baltimore City students, grades Pre-K through 8. Each host school and library offers a safe and welcoming space where students can participate in literacy workshops with teaching artists and enrichment activities with special guests. Students also earn incentives for reading, receive two free and well-balanced meals per day, take books home, and access other library resources.
Last year, SummerREADS served more than 500 students who were better prepared for the coming school year.
Playworks Maryland is excited to once again partner with Young Audiences to bring recess to SummerReads. Playworks’ mission is to improve the health and well-being of children by increasing opportunities for physical activity and safe and meaningful play. Playworks is the leading nonprofit in the country to leverage play as a tool to promote healthy behaviors and improve the learning environment in elementary schools. Our goal is to establish play and recess as a core strategy for teaching social-emotional skills, conflict negotiation strategies, and to create a safe space for improved learning in schools.