MRL's FREE Summer Reading Program Kicks off June 5, 2023

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May 22, 2023
“All Together Now” Encourages Reading for All Ages

Massanutten Regional Library’s annual Summer Reading Program returns June 5, 2023 and runs through July 31, 2023 with the goal of encouraging thousands of Valley residents to read alongside MRL this summer. Themed “All Together Now,” the free reading incentive program takes place at all seven MRL branches and includes special events throughout the Valley.

Initially designed to combat the learning and reading skills loss experienced by many children during the summer school holidays, MRL’s Summer Reading Program now focuses on encouraging children and adults to read all summer long as part of a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Participants may sign up for free at and log their reading through READsquared, an online tracking program which also includes a free app. Once registered, participants are eligible for prize rewards and drawings and are invited to attend special events for all ages throughout the summer, thanks to generous support from local business partners. Registration for the Summer Reading Program is also available in person at any MRL branch.

Some featured children’s events in this year’s program include “Free Fridays” admission to local entertainment venues, STEM and art activities, special Story Times, concerts by Pint Size Polkas, Bright Star Theatre performances, and more. Events for teens include game nights, making edible architecture, a light saber battle, Teen Tuesdays in Grottoes, and more.

Adult events this summer include a musical performance by “The Lua Project,” FandomFest featuring New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater, a program on exploring the Shenandoah National Park, an interactive Murder Mystery, a book talk on Virginia’s presidents, and more.

MRL’s Summer Reading Program and special events are provided free of charge to area residents, thanks to generous support from dozens of local businesses and organizations who donate goods and services each year. Summer Reading Program and is made financially possible through generous support from the following sponsors: Kiwanis Club of Harrisonburg, Dollar General Literacy Foundation, Elkton Eyecare, Summit Community Bank, Rockingham Insurance, LD&B Insurance and Financial Services, BotkinRose PLC, and DuPont Community Credit Union.

Complete details on Summer Reading Program will be at starting June 5, 2023. Thank you for your help in informing our community about taking advantage of this free program that thousands of readers of all ages participate in each year. To schedule an interview about our Summer Reading Program and or to cover any of the planned special events, please contact me at this email address or at the phone number listed below.

About Massanutten Regional Library:
Founded in 1928, Massanutten Regional Library is a seven branch library system that serves nearly 160,000 residents in Harrisonburg, Page County, and Rockingham County. MRL branches are located in Bridgewater, Broadway, Elkton, Grottoes, Harrisonburg, Luray and the town of Shenandoah, with administrative offices located at Central Library in downtown Harrisonburg, the system’s largest branch. Library patrons have access to over 300,000 books, DVDs, audiobooks, eBooks, online learning and research tools, and other resources free of charge. Residents can obtain a free library card by visiting their local MRL branch. MRL is a fine-free library and does not charge fines for overdue items so that there is never a financial burden for anyone using the library system. As a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization MRL is funded in partnership with state and local funding and through the generosity of patron donations.  
Mary Golden Hughes, Director of Advancement , 540.434.4475 x 135