The 2016 Summer Reading Program Theme

I enjoy tracking each year's official reading theme that the libraries and schools participate in.

Being a superhero fan, I loved 2015's theme celebrating Superheroes, and 2014's theme of Science was creative with mad scientists, potions, robots and steampunk. 2013's main theme was digging and exploring, with the adult going into the "groundbreaking" zombie theme. (get it, get it?? *nudge, nudge*) I didn't do a post for 2012's own the Night, but I still love the cross graphic of Scarlett reading Frankenstein by a picture of Frankestein reading Gone with the Wind.

And now the 2016 theme is announced as....athletics I guess. Exercise is important but this one doesn't hold the graphic allure the previous ones did.

With slogans like: "On Your Mark, Get Set....Read" and "Read For the Win!", it follows sports, bicycling, exercise, and personal challenges with games.

As with other years, it's broken into three sections by age group:

  • Children–On your mark, Get Set, Read
  • Teen–Get in the game–Read
  • Adult–Exercise your mind–Read





What do you think about this year's summer reading theme? Personally I'm underwhelmed, but I'm sure it speaks to some more than it does me.