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Summer Reading Program: Adult Program

Adult Summer Reading

Camp IREAD logoIn addition to sponsoring the youth Summer Reading Program, OLIS supports adult programs that encourage adults to explore new genres, pursue new interests, and model lifelong learning and reading to children and teens. OLIS is a member of the iREAD Reading Program, a flexible, nonprofit reading program designed by librarians featuring compelling and adaptable themes, and a comprehensive resource guide chock full of ideas and reproducibles.

Adult services librarians may wish to explore the other pages in this LibGuide, especially the Themed Resources page for additional resources!



Host your Summer Reading Program online through Beanstack, courtesy of OLIS's state-wide subscription. To learn more about Beanstack and getting started, visit the Beanstack Tab in this LibGuide!


Program Description

Read Beyond the Beaten Path combines camp, adventure, and skill development. Summer camp at the library can encompass many different summer experiences:
• Outdoors: hiking, campfires, stories, and s’mores
• Animal identification
• Arts and crafts
• Music
• Talent shows
• Earning badges

STEM is very easy to work into this theme because of its nature and outdoor aspects but you can also have space camp and math camp and science camp. Those would be additional badges.

Adult Summer Reading Webinars

Program Ideas

Role Playing Games

Tabletop Role Playing Games at the West Warwick Public Library

The West Warwick Public Library has the largest archive of tabletop rpg adventure and strategy guides, glossaries and how-to's! Kits are available to checkout and can be found in the catalog by searching "RPG kit."

Let's Move in Libraries

Let's Move in Libraries

Summer Camp is all about fun, physical activities, and Let's Move in Libraries is all about fun physical activities in the library! Browse their website for a way to incorporate movement and health literacy in your summer programming.

Wildlife Outreach with DEM

Wildlife Outreach with DEM

The RI Department of Environmental Management (DEM) offers lots of opportunities for outreach and engagement. Learn about local wildlife and habitats and explore the great outdoors in RI with DEM Outreach Staff.

Walking Book Clubs

Taking a Walk with the Library

Taking a Walk with the Library: StoryWalk®, Walking Book Clubs and More.
This archived webinar from Let's Move in Libraries focuses on programming that gets patrons into the outdoors in an adventure with the library. 


Sci-Starter: Science we can do together

Open your community up to the world of Citizen Science, a way of aggregating data across the work from science hobbyists and enthusiasts to advance scientific research. Sci-Starter gets you started with project ideas and kits to engage the whole community!

2022 iREAD Program Ideas