University of Wisconsin–Madison

Reinvent Your Summer Library Program

Has your summer become a bummer? Do you feel overwhelmed by the state of your summer library or summer reading program (SLP)? Then it may be time to pause, refresh, and re-think how your SLP is framed and structured. Explore the great summer tradition that continues to be a vital link in children’s summer literacy and learning. Look at how SLPs got started; methods to streamline and pump up the fun and effectiveness; ways to measure outcomes; the push toward summer learning; and examine different models of how SLPs are run at different-sized libraries. You’ll be part of the crowd-sourced problem solving and discovery.

At a glance

Dates: Feb 3 – Mar 1, 2020
Cost: $150 (10% discount until Jan 19!)
CE Credit: 1.4 CEUs/14 LEUs
Program: #305620

Questions? Contact Meredith Lowe or Anna Palmer

Please note: UW-Madison now requires payment upon registration. If you need to pay with a check, please use the form below and mail the check with your registration.

Register online

Register by phone: Pyle Center, (608) 262-2451

Register by mail: Print a registration form

Login information will be emailed to you a few days before the course begins

Course details


  • History of Summer Reading Programs
  • Infusing new energy to your program
  • Opportunity to share and discuss ideas with the class
  • Programs that work for all libraries, regardless of size


Sue Abrahamson is the Children’s Librarian at the Waupaca Area Public Library and serves as the Youth Services Liaison for the Outagamie Waupaca Library System.  She has visited many library systems around Wisconsin to speak about Summer Learning Programs. Proud to have a growth mindset and a strong community collaboration, Sue is constantly trying new approaches to making her library a “go-to place for out-of-school-day learning.”