Saturday, June 4, 2016

Get in the Game: Read!/¡Entra en el Juego: Lee!

Today kicks off our Summer Reading Program! From June 4 through July 16, visit any Public Library of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County to sign up and get a reading log. Our Summer Reading Program is for all ages--kids, tweens, and teens can receive weekly prizes for reading, and adults can enter into weekly prize drawings, as well as grand prize drawings at the end of the summer.

You can also participate in our passport program; for every five library branches you visit, get an entry form for a prize drawing. And, as we've done in the past, we have great programs happening for all ages this summer.

For more details about the Summer Reading Program and for information about the different events we'll have throughout the summer, visit our Summer Reading Program website.

When I talk to people about our Summer Reading Program, I get a lot of questions: What counts as reading? Who can participate? Is it just for kids? What if a child can't read yet? If you have similar questions, here are some ways you can participate.


It can be hard to find time to read, but adults read more often than they think. Aside from traditional print books and ebooks, here are some ways to get your summer reading hours:

  • Audiobooks
  • Magazines and newspapers
  • Graphic novels and comic books
  • Blogs
  • Online articles (news articles or other articles)

Babies and Kids

Is your child not reading on their own yet? That's okay! Reading with your child or bringing your child to storytime counts!

Do you have a child who loves to read graphic novels and comic books? This counts, too! Kids are always surprised when I tell them that graphic novels and comic books count as reading.

Do you have a child who loves to participate in the library's Read to the Dogs program? If so, make sure they mark it down on their reading log!


Sometimes, teens are a bit harder to reach. When I was a teen, I didn't read as much as I did when I was a kid. Comic books, graphic novels, manga, magazines, and blogs and other online articles all count for teen reading!

The key thing to remember with summer reading is it's supposed to be fun. If you're reading or listening to a book you enjoy, or a newspaper or magazine, or a blog or online article, you're doing it right. And if you're reading this summer, we want to see you, so make sure you stop by, sign up, and tell us about what you're reading!

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