As a contribution to adolescent literacy in the environment, the Vacation Reading Programme for Secondary Schools mounted by the Reading Association of Nigeria (RAN), Calabar Branch in conjunction with the Cross River State Library Board emphasises extensive library reading by student participants over a period of 3—4 weeks during the long vacations. Opportunities for practising listening, speaking, writing and the use of
library skills are also provided for a more rounded experience. The paper presents the format of the vacation reading programme with some highlights and problems, with a view to encouraging other interested
branches to adopt and adapt the programme to suit the various literacy needs in their localities.