The Summer Reading Program is the largest annual program the Library offers. Each year between the months of May and August more than 50,000 children, teens, and adults take part in the 10-week program. An engaging and fun experience, Summer Reading provides ongoing learning opportunities for all ages and protects against literacy backsliding for children out of school. In Tulsa County, one in five children and teens as well as over 18,000 adults participated in the Library’s 2018 Summer Reading Program. The Tulsa Library Trust provides TCCL with all costs for the Summer Reading Program including printing, prizes, promotional materials, and performers. In 2018, The Raymond and Bessie Kravis Foundation partnered with the Trust to provide this program.
Teenage volunteers ages 13-15 gain valuable job experience while assisting Tulsa City-County librarians with activities and registrations during the Summer Reading Program. The Tulsa Library Trust provides TCCL with all costs for the program including printing, Teen Team uniforms, and snacks. In 2018, 357 teens worked 13,983 hours helping with the Summer Reading Program.View All Programs