Libraries across the Heartland feature their Summer Reading programs

Libraries are helping kids keep up with reading progress during the summer
Updated: May. 15, 2019 at 4:17 AM CDT
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(KFVS) - This summer, parents all over the Heartland will be looking for a way to keep their children busy and avoid the “Summer Slide” that can set them back in their reading skills.

That’s where libraries can fill the void.

The reading programs will feature various contests, prizes and programs designed to catch the attention of young readers and their families. But at the heart of all the programs, is a desire to make sure kids gain critical reading and thinking skills to make them good students and eventually adults.

The Coordinator of Youth services at the Cape Girardeau Public Library said, “Reading is the key to knowledge and knowledge is power. I want to see every child in Cape Girardeau have the resources they need to be a literate member of our community. So, they can be able to read, and gather information and vote and they can read and communicate and find a job that’s their dream job.”

Sharon Anderson works as the Youth Services Coordinator for the Cape Girardeau Public Library...
Sharon Anderson works as the Youth Services Coordinator for the Cape Girardeau Public Library (Source: KFVS)(KFVS)

Cape Girardeau

The Summer Reading program at the Cape Girardeau Public Library starts on June 1 but a Book Fair that runs from May 28-June 1 unofficially kicks off the program.

At the Cape Girardeau Public Library, the summer program includes a magic workshop and a comedy show emphasizing the importance of reading. Southeast Missouri State University will also bring out their Explorer vehicle, so children will be able to learn about the Moon Landing that happened 50 years ago.

If you would like to find out more information about the summer reading program at the Cape Girardeau Public Library, you can call the library at 573-334-5279 and ask for Youth services. You can also visit their website.

Poplar Bluff

The Summer reading program at Poplar Bluff’s Municipal Library starts on June 3.

Children can earn prizes for reading.

The national theme is Universal stories with lots of space-theme activities planned for children, teens and adults. Those events include Storytime twice a week at 10:30 a.m., an appearance by Marty the Magician. Visitors from the Mingo National Wildlife refuge will visit the library to talk about habitat and actually bring some animals for show-and-tell. The University of Missouri extension center will host “Healthy plants, health bodies” every Thursday to promote health and gardening storytelling and activities.

Parents can find out more information at, the Poplar Bluff Municipal Library Facebook page or call the library at 573-686-8639.


Sikeston’s Public Library offers a Summer reading course for Children from age two until 5th grade. The theme is summer reading theme is “A Universe of Stories.” They’re offering great books about space exploration and the universe for both children and adults.

If you want to learn more about Sikeston Public Library’s program, you can contact the Library’s Children’s Librarian, Ann Thompson at 573-471-4140 or check out their website.


The Caruthersville Public Library will also host “Summer Learning." Library workers said their program will celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing. Children of all ages will learn about space, the solar system and much more. Children that attend every week will get attendance prices and everyone will receive a goodie bag. The program starts on May 28 with crafts and an ice cream party.

Summer readers can register at on the library’s website. If parents have any questions they can call the library at 573-333-2480.

Several programs feature themes that will take readers across the Universe (Source: KFVS)
Several programs feature themes that will take readers across the Universe (Source: KFVS)(KFVS)


The McCracken County Public Library will kick off it’s Summer Reading program with a celebration that will last from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 1. The theme of this year’s Summer Reading is “Summer in space.” They plan on celebrating 60 years of NASA’s accomplishments and 50 years since the moon landing.

Parents can find out more about the program on the McCracken County Library website or call the library at 270-442-2510 ext. 122


The Summer Reading Program at the Carbondale Public Library runs from June 17 until July 24. The theme is “It’s Showtime at Your Library.” The program is open to any child 13-years-old and younger. Events in the series will include a performance of “The Jungle Book,” a puppet show, musical performances and free summer family movies. Readers can win prizes during drawings or by reaching reading goals. Participants can register at the library or by logging their reading at

The Carbondale Public Library also needs volunteers to help at the library. Volunteers should be between 12 and 17-years-old. They will help with registration and special events for the Summer Reading Program. Volunteers should be available to work at least one three-hour shift each week and one weekend shift at some point during the summer. Applications should be submitted to the library or emailed to Patrick King by June 12.

If we didn’t list your local library give them a call and ask if they have a Summer Reading Program.

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