Maricopa County Reads is the award-winning summer reading program provided by the Maricopa County Library District to all public libraries within Maricopa County. The aim of the program is to reinforce the literacy skills and positive reading habits of all residents during the summer months. To accomplish this goal, several interconnected components are used to form a constellation of fresh, diverse and effective approaches:
Interrupt the Summer Slide
Advance Early Literacy Skills
Build Home Libraries
Emphasize the Fun of Reading
Connect Readers with Community Experiences
The Maricopa County Reads online summer reading program started in the summer of 2013. It has continued to grow since then, and now all 62 public libraries within Maricopa County are part of the Maricopa County Reads summer program. 77,880 children, teens, and adults participated in the program in 2015.
Participating library systems:
The Great Reading Adventure summer reading program software was developed by the Maricopa County Library District with support by the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, and federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
The Great Reading Adventure software is an open source project that is available for free to any interested library. Maricopa County Library District continues to act as a steward for this project by improving the software, accepting code updates from contributors, and responding to questions via the Great Reading Adventure forum.