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The Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) is going on a virtual Summer Learning and Literacy Road Trip! During June – August 2022, follow along and discover highlighted Pennsylvania libraries and the resources available to support early literacy and learning.

Along the way, get information about Pennsylvania State Parks with resources and activities to do with your child. All activities align with the PA Early Learning Standards and can be done anywhere, like within the State Park, or at home.

If you can’t make it to the highlighted library or State Park, no worries! You can discover libraries and state parks throughout Pennsylvania.

Summer Road Trip Map

Use the map (available in English or Spanish) to follow along with the Summer Learning and Literacy Road Trip. Print the map and your child can use the different types of transportation to follow along on the Road Trip.

Click here to print the Summer Road Trip Map in English.

Click here to print the Summer Road Trip Map in Spanish.

(Prints on 8.5 x 11-inch paper.)

My Summer Learning and Literacy Road Trip Travel Journal

My Summer Learning and Literacy Road Trip Travel Journal (available in English or Spanish) is a great way to help your child explore books and fun activities. Each week, discover something new with your child, then help them complete their Travel Journal.

Ask your child to identify three favorite books they’ve read during the past week. They can be your child’s every day books, or visit a library to find a new favorite book!

Talk with your child to identify their favorite thing they did during the week. Have them draw a picture of it!

Each week, learn about a different library, get book recommendations, and find fun activities to do at a Pennsylvania State Park.

Click here to print the My Summer Learning and Literacy Road Trip Travel Journal in English.

Click here to print the My Summer Learning and Literacy Road Trip Travel Journal in Spanish.

(Prints on 8.5 x 11-inch paper.)

Road Trip Itinerary

The Schlow Centre Region Library, located at 211 S. Allen Street, State College, PA, offers Baby Storytime, Toddler Learning Centre, Preschool Storytime, Storytime on the Porch, and Special Summer Events. Stop by and say hello to Paula Bannon, Head of Children’s Services, and the other library staff!

Check out Ricketts Glen State Park in Luzerne, Sullivan, and Columbia Counties! This State Park has fun family-friendly activities, like 21 waterfalls, Animal Tracks classes, bird classes and walks, swimming, and hiking trails. Get more info at www.dcnr.pa.gov.

The Coy Public Library, located at 73 West King Street, Shippensburg, PA, offers Ocean Adventures Mini Camps, Summer Story times, and Pirate Quest Mini Camps. Stop by and say hello to Samantha McCulloch, Director of Youth Services, and the other library staff!

Check out Codorus State Park in York County. This State Park has fun family-friendly activities, like swimming, bird walks, ecological and historical walks and talks; audiovisual presentations; campfires; youth programs; nature trails and a bird viewing station. Get more info at www.dcnr.pa.gov.

Library of Accessible Media for Pennsylvanians, located at 4724 Baum Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA, provides specialized services to all youth in Pennsylvania who have difficulty reading standard print because of a visual impairment, physical disability that limits the ability to hold a book or turn pages, or who have a reading disability, such as dyslexia. LAMP offers Tactile & Braille Early Literacy kits to promote opportunities for literacy and learning for early learners and caregivers. Each kit contains books in braille and print along with multi-sensory toys for an enjoyable and interactive learning experience. Literacy Tips also accompany each kit that highlight how using the kit encourages the five early literacy practices of talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. Stop by and say hello to Carolyn Rees, Youth Services Librarian, and other library staff!

Check out Canoe Creek State Park in Blair County. This State Park has fun family-friendly activities, like an education center, picnicking, swimming at the beach, educational programs; Marsh Trail Walks and Bat Watches. Get more info at www.dcnr.pa.gov.

The Bridgeville Public Library, located at 505 McMillen St., Bridgeville, PA offers Kindergarten Readiness programs, Story walk Sensory Storytime, and Family Storytime. Stop in and say hello to Karen Verduci, Family and Youth Services Librarian, and library staff.

Check out Yellow Creek State Park in Indiana County. This State Park has fun family-friendly activities like hands-on activities, guided walks, and evening programs, sand beach, and picnicking. Get more info at www.dcnr.pa.gov.

The Beaver Area Memorial Library, located at 100 College Ave, Beaver, PA, offers Play K, Art Cart, Summer Preschool Stories & Stations, Summer Toddler Time, Summer Baby & Me, Pirate Day, and Jungle Safari Party. Stop by and say hello to Jennifer Cribbs, Children’s Librarian, and other library staff!

Check out Moraine State Park in Butler County. This State Park has fun family-friendly activities, like swimming, butterfly events, hiking trails, waterfowl observation deck, and a glacial deposit. Get more info at www.dcnr.pa.gov.

The Erie County Public Library with multiple locations, offers parachute playtime, toddler time, preschool story time, Wee Build Block Party, Pirates at the Library, Stay & Play, and Family Storytime. Stop by and say hello to Shane Donaldson, Youth Services Manager, and other library staff!

Check out Chapman State Park in Warren County. This State Park has fun family-friendly activities like guided walks, stream studies, children’s programs, swimming, and hands on programs about nature. Get more info at www.dcnr.pa.gov.

The Lackawanna County Library System with branches throughout Lackawanna County, offers Preschool Storytime, Toddler Storytime, Toddlers on the Move, Baby Storytime, Baby Bounce, Building Block Party, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, and 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. Stop by and say hello to Laureen O’Handley, Head of Children’s Services, and other library staff!

Check out Mount Pisgah State Park in Bradford County. This State Park has fun family-friendly activities like swimming, hiking, guided nature walks, guided night hikes; Discover day camps and the Oh! Susanna Trail (short hike). Get more info at www.dcnr.pa.gov.

The Upper Darby Township & Sellers Memorial Free Public Library at 76 South State Rd, GPS: 1 Maple Ave, Upper Darby, PA, offers Preschool STEM events, Storytime, Block Party, Building Club for ages 4-6, and Aquatic Sciences Program. Stop by and say hello to Rachee Fagg, Youth Services Manager, and other library staff!

Check out Delaware Canal State Park in Bucks and Northampton Counties. This State Park has fun family-friendly activities, like hands-on activities, guided walks, evening programs, a historic canal and towpath, 50-acre pond, and five bridges over the Delaware River. Get more info at www.dcnr.pa.gov.

The Lititz Public Library at 651 Kissel Hill Rd, Lititz, PA, offers Backyard Storytime, Swimmy the Fish event, Baby Storytime (ages 6-24 months), and 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. Stop by and say hello to Karen Payonk, Children’s Librarian, and other library staff!

Check out French Creek State Park in Berks and Chester Counties. This State Park has fun family-friendly activities like hikes, evening talks and demonstrations, bird walks, and swimming. Get more info at www.dcnr.pa.gov.

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