The tests are finished, desks are cleaned out and classes are done for the summer. Time for fun and adventures with books! According to many studies, reading for pleasure enhances children’s reading skills and helps them to succeed in school. Our Library provides a free summer reading program that includes prizes for kids and teens.
Watch this video for details:
2. After you register, read the minimum number of books for the age/grade level by Sept. 1:
- Young children through third grade: 15 books (kids can have books read to them.)
- Fourth through fifth grade: 10 books
- Sixth grade through high school: 5 books
Kids can even read free eBooks or listen to eAudio books or books on CD, which are all available through your library branch. The library even has a list of authors you may want to check out.
3. Keep a paper or online log of the books read. When a child reaches the minimum for their age group, visit one of our library branches by Sept. 1 to pick up a coupon book with 35+ free and discounted fun treats like ice cream, pizza and miniature golf.
Listen to highlights of the Summer Reading Adventure from the Library’s youth and teen services coordinator:
The Summer Reading Adventure also includes special events and contests.
The Library offers lots of fun events all summer long including Bubble Lady, Kuumba Kids, Rainbow Rock Band, the Wizard of Reading and more. Special events for teens include personalized pottery, how to draw cartoons, rock art collage and robotics. There are also art and essay contests for teens.
All events and activities are free but often fill up quickly. Some events require registration – sign up online or at your Library branch beginning two weeks before an event. If needed, ask for signed interpretation or assistive listening devices when you call (TTY users can call 711).