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About The Library

A Welcome Message from Dr. Carla Hayden,
Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Carla Hayden, CEO with title and signature


Groundbreaking Reads

On the beach, by the harbor or on your front porch, we are encouraging everyone to “Dig into Reading” this summer.

Every year the Pratt Library signs up more than 15,000 children and teens for the Summer Reading Program. They enjoy free programs, win prizes and, best of all, read more than 200,000 books. Research has shown that it is important for young people to read during the summer in order to maintain the reading skills they have achieved during the school year.

Summer reading is not just for the young. “Groundbreaking Reads,” the Pratt’s summer reading program for adults, lets the grownups join in the fun, by reading and winning prizes.

Now we want to challenge parents and all adults. Set a good example for the young people in your life and read! Make reading a fun family activity: during the drive to the beach, by the campfire, or in the backyard. Find some “groundbreaking reads” by digging into past decades, geology, caving, archaeology, gardening, and more. Or discover books that have made an impact, whether literary, scientific, or personal.

So this summer, we hope you bury yourself in books, discover some treasures and make memories for you and your family.

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