Summer Reading Club Memories

BarbBarb, our wonderful youth librarian at the Byron Township branch, shares her childhood memories of Summer Reading Club:

I grew up in the country and didn’t have many kids to play with in our area.  My sisters were 8 and 12 years older than I was, so they really didn’t want to play much.  My oldest sister started college the same time that I started kindergarten. 

My favorite thing to do was read, and I absolutely loved Summer Reading Club.  One year the program included a chart with the presidents on it.  I can still remember wondering what color president I would have for my chart.  There were about five colors and we didn’t get to choose a color. The following year the theme was states, and again I couldn’t wait to fill in my chart. 

I went to the library every Saturday, and once in a while during the week as well.  I can remember the end of the SRC parties to this day.  I can even remember what the library smelled like.  I read every Nancy Drew book even though the librarian didn’t consider them quality literature. When I ran out of those books, I read biographies and I believe that started my love of American history.  I majored in American studies at college and still love biographies.

Summer Reading Club is a passion of mine;  I want to connect children with the many joys I experienced each summer at the library.  I love SRC and have participated in over 30 of them!

We want to hear your memories too! Please leave us a comment and share your memories of participating in Summer Reading as a child.


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Katie is a Communications Assistant and helps spread the word about all the amazing things taking place at KDL. She loves her job so much that she returned to it following a four-year stint as a stay-at-home mom!

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One Response to “Summer Reading Club Memories”

  1. Karen Halstedt Says:

    I too loved Summer Reading Clubs (still do). I can’t even count the number of times I filled out a chart over the last 50 plus years. I also made sure my 2 boys also joined the clubs each year through elementary school. I remember one year I participated in the KDL club and one for my school that the same time. I think the other kids in my class were at a disadvantage as I lived across the street from the old Paris Township library that was on 44th Street in Kentwood. I would take my little red wagon, fill it up and come home and read to my dolls and the dog. I won the school club having read over 100 books and my prize was – (wait for it) a book – Heidi. I think I still have that book. Thank you KDL for so many good memories.