Hartford Public Library
Downtown Library: 500 Main Street; Hartford, CT 06103; Albany Branch: 1250 Albany Avenue, Hartford, CT 06112; Barbour Branch: 261 Barbour Street, Hartford, CT 06120; Camp Field Branch: 261 Barbour Street, Hartford, CT 06120; Dwight Branch: 7 New Park Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106; Park Branch: 744 Park Street, Hartford, CT 06106; Boundless Library @ Rawson: 260 Holcomb Street, Hartford, CT 06112; SAND / Ropkins Branch: 1750 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06120
Ages Served:All ages
Areas Served:All locations
More about our camp:
Hartford Public Library’s Summer Learning Support Program is designed to address the learning and summer reading needs of youth, and their families, attending camps funded by the Hartford Foundation. This program is a part of a seamless effort, with the city-wide Hartford Campaign for Grade Level Reading and the Hartford Public Schools, to provide uninterrupted learning opportunities for at-risk and low-income youth in order to prevent summer learning loss.
Overseen by the Library’s Youth and Family Services Manager, with day-to-day operations run by a dedicated Coordinator, the program seeks to support the camp children, counselors and families in four main ways:
- Provide access to books, services, and materials to support the objectives and mission of each group
- Incentives for reading, including free, brand new books for campers to keep
- Programming at the library or on-site at the camps
- Family Learning events
Built around the national Collaborative Summer Library Program theme of, Imagine Your Story, it will enable children and teens achieve summer learning gains as they participate in a variety of programs, read books, gain vocabulary, think expansively, all while earning incentives.
The Summer Learning Support Program is multi-generational. Traditionally, summer reading programs are designed to encourage school-aged children to keep reading during summer vacation. Preventing the “summer slide” is program’s main objective. For many families with children and teens, the library is the only community space available during the summer months where they can access free age-appropriate educational and cultural enrichment activities and programs.
Its benefits for children and teens are:
- Children are motivated to read
- Children develop positive attitudes about reading, books, and the library
- Children maintain their reading skills during summer vacation
- Children have access to experiences that further their sense of discovery
- Children have access to experiences through which they can learn to work cooperatively
- Many teens find enjoyment in reading Having high levels of literacy are needed for higher education and future employment
- Having high levels of literacy are needed for higher education and future employment
- Most standardized tests that teens will take include a reading comprehension portion
Incentives will be offered and the camps can make their own selections from the following options: branded water bottles, lanyards, USB drives, and nylon backpacks. We will continue to offer a broad selection of books for camps to also choose from to distribute to their campers to read at camp and/or take home for reading. These new books are selected to support the Summer Learning theme, celebrate diversity, reinforce 21st Century skills, and promote the love of reading.
Many of the camps also choose to attend the various public programs we offer at the various Library locations. These include visits from live animals, Hip Hop dance classes, puppetry, and hand on science demonstrations.