West Virginia public libraries in cooperation with the West Virginia Library Commission have kicked off their Summer Learning programs for 2017. Children, teens and adults are encouraged to participate throughout the summer in a variety of reading and education programs in the state’s 172 public libraries.Each year, WVLC partners with the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), a national consortium of states working together to provide high-quality summer reading program materials for readers of all ages. Working with CSLP, the Library Commission has developed a program for Summer 2017 based around the theme “Build A Better World,” which emphasizes how readers can make a difference in their own lives and the lives of others.WVLC provides a manual for each participating library in the state, training for the “Build A Better World” curriculum, and book recommendations. Each library then determines how it will implement the program, which can include pool parties, teen game rooms, exercise classes, movies nights, book clubs, and more.Melissa Brown, WVLC Librarian says, “Summer learning programs are an integral part of our children’s education. Reading during the summer bridges the gap from one school year to the next, and special summertime activities encourage lifelong learning.” For many families, the public library is the only community space available during the summer months where they can access free educational activities and programs. WVLC and the state’s public libraries are proud to provide programs to help students maintain their reading skills during summer vacation and develop positive attitudes about reading, books, and the library.To learn more about summer learning programs, parents should contact their local library.