The Best Summer at Your Library

It’s summertime at the library, and that means one thing: our Summer Reading Program. Summer looks a little different than it did last year (and the year before that), but one thing remains true: we can’t wait to see you!

Research shows how essential reading can be for students to avoid the “summer slide.” Statistically, children who read throughout the summer, not only retain information learned in the previous year, but develop knowledge and critical thinking skills for the year ahead.

But, all the fun is not just for young children. We also want to encourage our adult patrons to read because reading:

  • Improves brain connectivity
  • Fights depression symptoms
  • Contributes to a longer life
  • Prevents cognitive decline as you age
  • Lowers blood pressure and heart rate
  • Reduces stress
  • Aids in sleep readiness

Participate with our Summer Reading app, READsquared (R2), available for all devices or by using your web browser. Log your reading, complete missions, attend events, and win prizes! Log 100 points each week to be entered into the raffles. The fun happens between June 14th and August 7th!

If these are not reasons enough to visit the library over the summer…how about this? The library is very, very fun! Don’t have a library card? That’s easy – just come into any St. Johns County Library or bookmobile and sign up! Then, you can embark on your own adventure of learning and entertainment!

On a more personal note, I’d like to take a moment to thank each of you for your patience and support during the past year. This past year was tough and unprecedented. Thank you for your understanding as we’ve gone through many changes and had to adjust how we perform even the simplest tasks. As we continue to expand library hours and services, we look forward to the year ahead and are hopeful of what’s to come!

The best summer starts at your library! I hope you’ll stop in, check out some materials to share together, and participate in one, or all, of our summer programs.


Debra Rhodes Gibson

Library System Director, St. Johns County Public Library System