2017 Summer Reading Adventure | June 23–September 2
Kids Read for Fun During the Library’s Summer Reading Adventure
Many studies have found that reading for pleasure is beneficial for kids in many ways including keeping up their reading skills over the summer and helping them succeed in school.
Fairfax County Public Library helps make reading fun by providing tools, access and incentives during its Summer Reading Adventure. Held in cooperation with Fairfax County Public Schools, the Summer Reading Adventure runs June 23 through September 2 and invites all children and teens—birth through high school—to read for fun over the summer. This year’s theme is “Reading By Design.” To participate, register online or visit a branch beginning June 23.
The Basics of the Library’s Summer Reading Adventure
Babies through third graders read 15 books (kids can have books read to them), fourth through sixth graders read 10 books and teens in grades 7–12 read five books.
- Kids and teens can read any books they choose. They can even read free eBooks, listen to eAudio books or books on CD, which are all available through the library.
Kids and teens can track their reading online or with a reading log they pick up in any Fairfax County Public Library branch.
- Find your next book to read (and add to your log) using the list of suggested authors. Each links directly to their respective books in our online catalog.
Finish reading the required number of books by September 2 and go to a library branch to pick up your coupon book which has a variety of free prizes and discounts. Teen finishers will also be entered in a drawing for a gift card prize.
- Over 25 businesses and organizations have provided coupons for free and discounted items to reward Fairfax County children and teens for reading during the summer. Check out our sponsor page!
The Summer Reading Adventure also includes Special Events and Contests
The library offers lots of fun events all summer long including Beech Tree Puppets, Leesburg Animal Park, Dinoman Dinosaurs, Around the Americas with Andrés and much more. Special events for teens include Paint Your own Pottery, Henna Tattooing, Cupcake Wars, Robotics, our Teen Cover Art Contest and more. There’s also an essay contest for rising 7th, 8th and 9th graders cosponsored with the For Love of Country Foundation.
All events and activities are free but often fill up quickly, so registration is required. Please sign up online or at a branch beginning two weeks before an event. Ask for signed interpretation or assistive listening devices when you call (TTY users can call 711).
Summer Reading is Cosponsored by Generous Donors
The Summer Reading Adventure is funded through generous donations including $50,000 from the Friends of the George Mason Regional Library; $17,000 from the Fairfax Library Foundation and $7,500 from the Friends of the Kings Park Library.
2017 Summer Reading Adventure registration opens June 23. Refer back to this page.
Using the Online Book LogRegister | Log a Book
- Register to create your Summer Reading Adventure booklog (not available before June 23).
- Select "Sign Up" and then click "Go."
- Fill out the form (be sure to note your PIN in case you forget).
- Select "Sign Me Up."
- After you've read one or more books, visit the Summer Reading Adventure booklog.
- Select "Add A Book" and then click "Go."
- Enter your email address and PIN, then select "Find My Book Log." (If other family members are using the same email/PIN, find your name on the next screen and select "Open My Book Log.")
- Add book titles to your reading log.
- When you finish all your reading, visit your library to receive your prize.