Public libraries and afterschool programs share the common goal of providing safe and enriching environments for participating children and engaging families in their communities.
Across the country, 10.2 million kids attend afterschool programs where they have access to a healthy snack or a meal, academic help, and enrichment activities like reading, STEM, and art. Parents of more than 700,000 youth say their child attends an afterschool program at a library. Afterschool programs value their partnerships with public libraries.
Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating the important role that afterschool programs play in the lives of children, families, and communities. Each year in October, some one million people come together at thousands of events around the world to send a powerful message about the impact quality afterschool programs have on their kids, families, and communities.