A Summer Read

Summer Reading Program

Envisioning a healthy, active Pennsylvania

What is A Summer Read?

York County Libraries joins public libraries in an 8-county region to participate in “A Summer Read.” A Summer Read is a reading initiative for adults, teens, and seniors during the summer months from June to September. Wellspan: Aligning Forces for Quality – South Central Pennsylvania (AF4Q) and WITF Transforming Health Series sponsor the program.

Initiated in 2013, A Summer Read grew into a successful partnership. Each year participating libraries receive 650 copies of the selected book. Book topics always relate to PA Forward’s Health Literacy. The initiative launches in June and continues through September. An author lecture follows in September or October.

2021 Book Selection: You Belong: A Call for Connection by Sebene Selassie

Learn more about the 2021 selection, author, and the programs on our blog. Find the book in our collection.

Summer Read Thursdays: A Series of Virtual Discussions surrounding themes of the book

  • Thursdays in August: August 5, 12, 19, 26 at 6:30 PM
  • Held on Zoom
  • Registration is required from the calendar events
    • *Register to any event to receive access to the full series of events

BONUS Event: You Belong: With Us is an exploration of tools you can use to care for yourself, others, and our shared world. This live event will be held at Dover Community Center at 3700 Davidsburg Road in Dover, PA. A separate RSVP is required for this event.

Connect with the Author: An opportunity to meet the author will be held on Monday, October 11, 2021. Sebene will speak on the topics covered in the book. You won’t want to miss out on this unique opportunity! 

2020 Selection

Watch recorded discussions and discover topic resources from the 2020 book selection here.

How do healthcare collaborators and libraries have similar missions?

Aligning Forces for Quality –South Central Pennsylvania is a multi-partner alliance that brings patients, healthcare providers, employers, and insurers to one table to address healthcare cost and quality.  

PA Forward’s Health Literacy envisions a Pennsylvania with active citizens who manage their own well-being and the well-being of their family. It aims to empower people to become effective partners with their healthcare providers while living longer and more productive lives.

How does my local library get involved?

All York County Libraries will have copies of the “A Summer Read” book available. Throughout the summer, libraries have book talks and programs related to the topics covered in the book.

To celebrate the “A Summer Read” program the author of the selected book holds a free lecture for the public. Readers have the opportunity to complete a survey and enter to win one of 30 tickets to meet the author at a private reception. The survey is available at your local participating library or at www.transforminghealth.org. If readers are unable to make the public lecture they may listen to the author on Radio Smart Talk on WITF 89.5 or WITF –TV.