Annie L. Awbrey Public Library

  736 College Street, Roanoke, AL 36274 (334) 863-2632

Story Times 2018 - Usually the last Saturday of each month at 10 a.m.
Story times coincide with book club.


February 24
March 24
April 28
May 26
June 30
July 28
August 25
September 22
October 27
November 17
December 15

Summer Reading Begins in June 7, 2018

Traditionally, summer reading programs are designed to encourage elementary-aged children to keep reading during summer vacation. Preventing the “summer slide” continues to be the main objective of summer reading programs. For many families with elementary-aged children, the public library is the only community space available during the summer months where they can access free educational and cultural enrichment activities and programs.

The benefits of summer reading programming for children:

  • Children are motivated to read.
  • Children develop positive attitudes about reading, books, and the library.
  • Children maintain their reading skills during summer vacation.
  • Children have access to experiences that further their sense of discovery.
  • Children have access to experiences through which they can learn to work cooperatively.

When can my child participate in Summer Reader Programs?

As early as birth! Most children in enjoy the one-to-one interaction and the time spent with parents during story times. Early childhood literacy begins from the moment you place a book in front of a child.
For many pre-readers and their families, the library is the only space offering free access to age-appropriate programs, resources, and expertise in their community. The need for these offerings is present all year; therefore, it is vital for your library to include the youngest children—starting with newborns—in your summer reading program.

Benefits of including early learners in your summer reading programs.

  • Young children will gain self-confidence and a love for reading, books, and the library
  • The groundwork will be laid for children to become lifelong readers and learners
  • Entire families will have the opportunity to participate in age-appropriate summer reading programs
  • Completion of the program will give children a sense of accomplishment and belonging
  • Parents and caregivers will gain knowledge about early literacy and learning activities at the library that they can continue at home
  • The library may become a community destination for more families during the summer

Highlights from past Summer Reading Programs