Kids who participate in summer learning maintain their skills and are better prepared to start school in the fall. Dallas Public Library makes it easy and fun! Sponsored by the Friends of the Dallas Public Library.
Summer reading is critical, not only for helping kids maintain learning while school is out, but also for fostering social-emotional development, discovering the joy of stories, and elevating the importance of lifelong learning.
Private and corporate funding provides the incentive books and prizes, supplies for arts & crafts and science experience and pays for professional program providers who bring quality experiences like animal encounters, storytellers, science educators and others to each of Dallas' 30 library locations.
Foster a Love of Reading
Children 0 - 18 who read or are read to can win great prizes.
Private funding is needed to purchase 20,000+ books and grand prizes.
Professional, high-quality programs are offered free to the public and help reduce the achievement gap
21st Century Skills
Science, math, art, reading and technology activities that help keep skills sharp
A Partnership with Education PV and CitySquare
Children who depend on free lunch programs during the school year are at risk of hunger during the summer months
Make an Impact on their Community
Summer is the perfect time for teens to gain experience and give back.
Grown-ups get a SMART Summer too!
Adults 18+ can earn badges and prizes for reading, attending programs and completing activities.
The Eugene McDermott Foundation
Lauren and Will Waldrop
Santander Consumer USA
Altrusa International Inc.
The Freebie Guy
Southern Methodist University
Linda and Steven Blasnik
Lisa and Peter Kraus
Audelia Road Library Friends
Lakewood Library Friends
Lochwood Library Friends
Sarah and Alan Losinger
Barbara and John Neill
Oak Lawn Library Friends
Okon Metals Inc.
Preston Royal Library Friends
Renner Frankford Library Friends
Skillman Southwestern Library Friends
Timberglen Library Friends
Diane and George Wendel
Rita Sue and Alan J. Gold Philanthropic Fund of the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation
Jeannie and David Nethery
Erle A. Nye
Cynthia and John Rutherford
Norma and Don Stone
Kahn Education Foundation
The Harvey and Joyce Mitchell Family Foundation