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My Summer Library

Improving Third Grade Reading Proficiency

The My Summer Library program coordinated by the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona represents a targeted approach to reach children in Pima County and southern Arizona who attend elementary schools that are working to improve educational outcomes. The goals of My Summer Library are to improve 3rd-grade reading proficiency, build students’ home libraries and mitigate summer reading loss.

My Summer Library works to accomplish its goals by increasing access to free age-appropriate books for young students (prekindergarten to second grade) so they can build a home library, practice their literacy skills and develop a love of reading in the comfort of their home. My Summer Library also helps in mitigating summer learning loss. By making books available to keep in the home, developing literacy skills can continue through the summer break.

2024 My Summer Library Schools

Ajo Unified School District:

  • Ajo Elementary, Ajo, 85321

Amphitheater Unified School District:

  • Holaway Elementary, Tucson, 85705
  • Prince Elementary, Tucson, 85715

    Flowing Wells Unified School District

    • Laguna Elementary, Tucson, 85705
    • Walter Douglas Elementary, Tucson, 85705

    Marana Unified School District

    • Roadrunner Elementary, Marana, 85653

    Sahuarita Unified School District

    • Sopori Elementary, Amado, 85645

    Sunnyside Unified School District

    • Drexel Elementary, Tucson, 85706
    • Los Niños Elementary, Tucson, 85706

    Tucson Unified School District

    • CE Rose K-8, Tucson, 85714
    • Lynn Urquides Elementary, Tucson, 85713
    • Maldonado Elementary, Tucson, 85746
    • Manzo Elementary, Tucson, 85745
    • Myers-Ganoug Elementary, Tucson, 85711
    • Oyama Elementary, Tucson, 85713
    • Grijalva Elementary, Tucson, 85746

    Adopt a School!


    School classrooms are selected based on student demographics and the program is focused on areas with high need. Our littlest learners require big supports to create lasting change and pave the way for future educational success. Last year, we distributed 30,504 books to 2,542 children in 18 schools. We also would like to thank 148 volunteers donating 480 hours to help children choose their 12 free books. 


    One classroom of 30 children will cost $2,000 to supply students with 12 books and a backpack.


    • Special recognition in the First Focus on Kids e-newsletter
    • Choose a classroom from our list of participating schools
    • Ability to impact young children in a positive way
    • Amazing volunteer opportunities