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. Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families, and communities.
This year afterschool-library partnerships are continuing to be celebrated as an official theme for Lights On Afterschool! This is a great opportunity to showcase a afterschool or summer program that you run out of your library, highlight a partnership you already have, or begin a new partnership with an afterschool program for the first time for a Lights On Afterschool event, October 24.