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Morale, Welfare and Recreation Summer Reading Program

Current as of June 30, 2020

Reading jumpstarts the imagination. It can open the door to new places and points of view. And gaining access to reading programs and materials has never been easier.

Many activities, camps and in-person events have been cancelled as a result of the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. But the Department of Defense-Morale, Welfare and Recreation Summer Reading Program is available virtually from the comfort of your home.

Enroll in this year’s program below and take some time for yourself to de-stress and read the things you want to read. Read as a family and help your child discover new people, places and things. The program’s theme this year is “Dig Deeper: Read, Investigate, Discover!”

Why the summer reading program?

Morale, Welfare and Recreation develops many different enrichment programs to support force readiness and the military community. The mission of the DOD-MWR Summer Reading Program is to help families bridge the summer learning gap while inspiring literacy and lifelong learning. The benefits of summer reading are clear:

  • Students who participate in the library summer reading programs score higher on reading achievements tests.
  • Students who read often are higher achievers than students who seldom read.
  • Skillful reading is one of the most important habits that leads to a successful academic career and a happy, productive life.

The DOD-MWR Summer Reading Program may look a little different this year. If your local library is not yet open due to COVID-19, don’t worry. You can virtually join your community and read this summer.

Adults and children can join in and record summer reading minutes from home. Read books from your home bookshelf or an e-book or audiobook you borrow for free from the MWR Digital Library.

Enroll — it’s free and easy

To get started, find your installation library and register as an individual or as a family. Keep in mind that the program timeframes vary from library to library, so signing up as soon as possible will help you to get the most out of the program. You can also contact your local installation library to learn more.

Available virtually — for eligible members and families affected by the pandemic

During COVID-19, many libraries will be closed or have limited capacity. If you do not have a library available to you, virtual access to reading materials is just a few clicks away. And you can participate in the DOD-MWR Summer Reading Program virtually.

You can also visit the MWR Digital Library and get free access to a wide range of materials.

Your books are free, and portable year-round via digital library

Service members and families also have free virtual access to e-books, audiobooks and more via the MWR Digital Library. So your books are portable year-round. All you need is your Military OneSource account to begin browsing. Click here to create an account.

Dive into a genre that interests you — or try them all. Looking for ways to unwind? Use the MWR Digital Library to pick out an audiobook. The digital library service is a particularly helpful benefit for those military families who may not have access to installation libraries.

The digital library service is also available through your service branch:

Beyond the summer months — discover what’s in your installation library

MWR libraries offer much more than aisles of books. Some libraries may be closed for some time due to COVID-19, but many resources are still available online. Check your installation library to see what events are offered.

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