University of Wisconsin–Madison

NEW! Creating the summer library program of your dreams

Has your summer become a bummer? Do you feel overwhelmed by the state of your summer library or summer reading program? Then it may be time to pause, refresh and re-think how and why your summer reading/library programs is framed and structured. Join two veteran children’s librarians in an exploration of this great summer tradition that continues to be a vital link in children’s summer literacy and learning. We’ll look at how SLPs got started; methods to streamline and pump up the fun and effectiveness; 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. Join us!

At a glance

When: Jan 28 – Feb 24 (FULL) OR March 11 – April 7
Where: Online
Cost: $125 (10% discount if you register by Feb 25!)
CE Credit: 1.4 CEUs/20 LEUs
Program: #305619 (March 11-April 7 session)

Questions? Contact Meredith Lowe or Anna Palmer

The Jan 28 – Feb 24 session for this course is FULL.

Register online for the March 11-April 7 course!

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

Register by fax or mail: Print out 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


Marge Loch-Wouters is an educator and youth services consultant at Loch-Works Consulting and has worked in public library youth services for over 40 years. Active in state and national library associations, she teaches and lectures extensively on summer library programs and their evolution. She blogs at Tiny Tips for Library Fun.

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.”