What Is Summer Reading?
Summer Reading is reading for your own enjoyment during the summer months.
When Is Summer Reading?
Summer Reading lasts from Saturday, June 1 to Wednesday, July 31. You can sign up at any time. Check our event guide for programs, events and activities throughout the summer.
Who Can Sign Up for Summer Reading?
Summer Reading is open to everyone, regardless of age. From infants to adults, everyone can participate in one of four age categories:
- Family Literacy: Ages 0-5 and their parents or caregivers
- Kids: Ages 6-11
- Teens: Ages 12-19
- Adults: Ages 20 or over
Why Should I Participate?
Reading for pleasure has benefits for every age group:
- Family Literacy:
- Reading aloud to your young children increases their vocabulary and gets them ready to enter kindergarten.
- Sharing books together is the perfect way for families to bond.
- Reading throughout the summer prevents kids from losing their reading skills.
- Allowing kids to make their own reading choices promotes creativity and a love of learning.
- Reading expands teens' knowledge of the world around them.
- Teens can work through personal struggles and build empathy by reading stories that they find relatable.
- Reading teaches new skills and improves memory, concentration and focus.
- Escaping into your favorite reading materials can help relieve stress.
Every child will receive a free book to keep when they turn in a completed Bingo Card (ages 0-5) or Reading Log (ages 6-12) at the Library. Teens and Adults who log their reading hours online will be entered into weekly prize drawings.
At the end of Summer Reading, everyone who has logged hours will have a chance at a grand prize drawing for their age category. All prize winners are randomly selected from logged hours, Bingo Cards or Reading Logs.
Does It Matter What I Read?
You can read anything that you like. If you're not sure where to start, Library staff would love to help you find your perfect reading materials — whether you enjoy mysteries, true crime, science fiction, graphic novels, audiobooks, cookbooks, newspapers, magazines or short stories.
How Do I Participate in Summer Reading?
First, sign up online or at your nearest Library location. Then pick up a Summer Reading Event Guide or download your age category's Reading Log.
- Family Literacy:
- Complete 20 activities on your Bingo Card.
- Bring your Bingo Card to your Library location to receive your free book and be entered in the grand prize drawing.
- Track your progress on your Reading Log.
- When you've read either 10 books or for 10 hours, bring your Reading Log to your Library location to receive your free book and be entered in the grand prize drawing.
- Track the hours that you read this summer on your Reading Log.
- Log your hours online for a chance to win weekly prizes and to be entered into the grand prize drawing.