Parents & Kids

Visit your installation library this summer and start Reading by Design! 

During the summer months, DoD-MWR Libraries around the world will host a range of free activities for children, teens, and adults that encourage and support a love of reading. Participants also can earn incentives by reaching their reading goals.

DoD-MWR Summer Reading programs are designed to make the library a great place for kids to read, learn, and discover what’s available for their enjoyment throughout the year.

Reading by Design is inspired by the creativity of authors, illustrators, builders, inventors, artists, architects. In turn, we hope it inspires readers to explore their own creativity and design new worlds for themselves and for all of us.

There’s also a serious side to summer reading. Research has shown that reading over the summer prevents summer reading loss.

Studies also indicate students who read recreationally outperformed those who don’t. Students read more when they can choose materials based on their own interests. DoD-MWR libraries are committed to supporting lifelong learning and educational enrichment for all families.

For more information please contact your installation library, click on your service branch button to the right, or email us at:

Army: usarmy.mwr.library@mail.mil

Navy: NGLP@navy.mil

Air Force: Air Force contact

Marine Corps: usmclibraries@usmc.mil

Not Near a Base?

No Library on Base?

Check out our Virtual Summer Reading Program

This new online DoD-MWR summer reading program is designed for Guard, Reserve, and Active Duty Kids & Teens who live far from military bases.

Sign up and win a prize (awarded while supplies last). Click here to register: www.DoDVirtualSRP.org.

Summer Reading Research

Click here to learn more about the history and impact of summer reading programs.

Prevent Summer Slide

Parents of children enrolled in library summer reading programs reported that their children spent more time reading over the summer, read more books, were well prepared for school in the fall, and read more confidently. Click here to learn more.

DoD-MWR Summer Reading

  • Promotes summer learning
  • Improves school performance in the fall
  • Develops a love of reading
  • Creates fun family time
  • Builds community