NLS Summer Reading 2024 Program

Come on a summer adventure with NLS! The NLS Summer Reading Program, taking place from June 24 to August 9, 2024, is a celebration of reading, learning, and fun for all ages. This year, we have three scheduled events and online activities that readers can enjoy at their own pace. Also check with your NLS network library that may have other summer events occurring locally where you live.

How to register

You must register for each event you wish to attend. Click the “Sign up now” link that follows the description of each event below to register. After you register you will receive a confirmation email from NLS with more details. If you need help registering for an event, contact your NLS network library. Find your library or call 888-NLS-READ (888-657-7323) and follow the prompts to be connected to your library. If you have difficulty finding or connecting with your library, email the NLS Patron Engagement Section at [email protected].


The Summer Reading Program hosts story times, an author talk, activities, music, and more! Here's the lineup. (All events will be held online; you will receive details on how to join in on the fun after you register. Age suggestions are listed for each program, but every program is open to all!)

Virtual events

Kickoff event (all ages): Monday, June 24, 4:00 p.m. eastern time

NLS Director Jason Broughton will kick off this year’s summer reading program with a warm welcome and Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden will delight our young readers with a picture book reading of The Adventures of Marshmallow and Peter (BR25025, DBC30393) by Peter Heath.
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Story time and music by Turtle Dance Music (K-3rd grade): Thursday, July 18, 4:00 p.m. eastern time

The Turtle Dance Music Man, Matt Mazur, is back! Matt will lead us in singing and dancing and treat our young readers to a reading of Saturday (BR23018, DB98170) by Oge Mora.
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Author Talk:  Angeline Boulley with Andrea L. Rogers (YA and Adult): Thursday, July 25, 7:00 p.m. eastern time

New York Times bestselling author Angeline Boulley will discuss her books Firekeeper’s Daughter (BR24040, DB102762) and Warrior Girl Unearthed (BR25116 in process, DB114761) in conversation with the moderator, the award-winning author Andrea L. Rogers. The recording of this event will be available for two weeks following the talk.
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Online activities

Virtual tour of the Jefferson building at the Library of Congress

Aerial view from the southwest of the. Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, D.C.

For families or all-age groups. The Thomas Jefferson Building is the oldest and grandest of the three buildings that make up the Library of Congress campus on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. You can discover artwork and architecture that connect to knowledge and creativity past and present through the talking book presented here, which provides a described audio tour of this important building. If you are an NLS patron with BARD, you can download this talking book, "Audio described tour of the Thomas Jefferson Building at the Library of Congress (DB121189)" or you can request it from your local NLS library. (All references to navigation refer only to the talking book and do not apply to the audio as played through the player below.)

Audio described tour of the Thomas Jefferson Building at the Library of Congress

Whispering Library Escape Room

For families or all-ages groups. These puzzles range from very simple to quite challenging, making it something the whole family can do together! Enjoy this online event before August 9.

Choose Your Reading Adventure

For school-age children and young adults. It's the last day of school!  You and your friends suddenly hear a strange noise that sounds like it is coming from the library. Enjoy this online event before August 9.

For adults. When you approach the front desk at your library, there is a large handmade sign that says, "See you in September!" All the librarians left for the summer!  Then why is the door open? Enjoy this online event before August 9.

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