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Erie County Public Library Summer Reading 2023: Home



The Erie County Public Library’s (ECPL) 2023 Summer Reading Challenge launches Monday, June 12th and runs through Saturday, August 12th, 2023.

The library encourages Erie County readers of all ages to register for the Summer Reading Challenge. Participants can complete the challenge by reading for a minimum of 12 hours, documenting activities they’ve attended this summer, as well as writing book reviews of their summer reads.

Participants may log their time spent reading or listening to written material in any format. This includes books, eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, graphic novels, and comics.

Age categories for the ECPL Summer Reading Challenge are 0-5, 6-12, 13-17 and 18+.  All participants in each age group will be eligible for a prize drawing (to be announced) on August 16th, 2023. There will be grand prize drawings for each age category at each ECPL location. 

This annual program is made possible through the generous support of the Friends of the Erie County Public Library, and UPMC Health Plan.

“UPMC Health Plan recognizes communities that support early reading programs are healthier communities. We encourage all Erie-area children to participate in the Summer Reading Challenge”, said Katie Bool Shafer, Manager, Community Relations, UPMC Health Plan.

Our voices have power. We use our voices to share stories, express ourselves, and spark change. Our voices include not only the sounds we make, but the words we write, the art we create, the movements we perform, and the actions we take each day to impact our world.

The mission of the Summer Reading Challenge is to help students maintain the learning acquired during the school year. Studies estimate that summer breaks contribute to the average student losing up to one month of instruction. Some students, particularly those from disadvantaged households, lose up to three months of learning. Summer learning loss is greatest in math computation, reading, and spelling. The Erie County Public Library is focused on supporting our local children and students, through quality books, collections, resources, and programming.

For more information, please contact the Youth Services department at 814-451-6936 or email


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Drawings & Prizes

For ages 0-18, patrons will be given coupons, from local sponsors, upon returning their first completed page. Each completed Summer Reading page will enter each patron into a grand prize drawing that will occur for each branch location.

How do I register for Summer Reading?

Beginning June 12th, Patrons of all ages will register at their affiliated ECPL Branch Library:

  1. Raymond M. Blasco M.D. Memorial Library
  2. Edinboro Branch Library
  3. Iroquois Avenue Branch Library
  4. Millcreek Branch Library
  5. Lincoln Community Center
  6. ECPL Bookmobile

Just a reminder, there is no on-line version of Summer Reading for ECPL this year, it is strictly in-person. So, get out and go to your library!

 The patron will receive their age Activity Forms, take out their books, comics, audio, etc. they need to complete their Summer Reading, and bring their forms back to their respective branches. They will then be automatically placed into a drawing for their age group, that will be completed the week after Summer Reading ends, after August 12th.

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