The library’s Summer Reading program is a fun way to stay engaged in learning throughout the summer. The program is free, and we have versions for all ages. Sign up begins June 1 for all programs except Books by Snail.
For birth to age 5
Sign up at your library or at a bookmobile stop. Read with your child 30 times throughout the summer and do simple activities like playing, drawing or giggling together. Complete the program, and, beginning July 5, you’ll receive a free book. You’ll also be entered into a drawing for other fun rewards.
For ages 5-12
Sign up at your library or at a bookmobile stop. Kids will be challenged to read for 20 hours and do 10 of our suggested activities. Visit the library to show us your progress, attend programs and get more books. Complete the program, and, beginning July 5, you’ll receive a free book. You’ll also be entered into a drawing for other fun rewards.
For ages 12-18
Teens will be challenged to read for 20 hours, submit three book reviews and do seven activities that make a positive impact. Complete the challenge, and, beginning July 5, you’ll receive a free book. You’ll also be entered into a drawing for some other fun rewards including a Amazon Fire tablet. Learn more on our teen blog.
Why should kids have all the fun? While you’re visiting the library or browsing online for your next great book on our blog for adult readers, take a moment to register for the adult Summer Reading program. Throughout the summer, share reviews of what you’re reading to be entered into weekly drawings for bookstore gift certificates.
Even more Summer Reading for select groups
Group Summer Reading
We’ve put together a special version of Summer Reading that’s easy to do with a small group of kids like a childcare class or a scout troop. You’ll receive a booklet of literacy activities and a chart for tracking your group’s read-aloud time. Read together 20 times, and your group will receive some free books plus a small reward for every participant.
Sign-up starts April 17. We’ll mail out books starting May 30 and the program will continue through August 4. Kids in our rural service areas can check out books and do Summer Reading through the mail. Any child or teen attending school in Auxvasse, Hallsville, Harrisburg, Hatton, Holts Summit, Kingdom City, Mokane, New Bloomfield, Sturgeon or Williamsburg