Children’s Summer Reading: School Age Starts Now!

Can you believe it’s already time for Summer Reading again? If you aren’t familiar with it, Summer Reading is an annual nationwide program hosted by libraries that encourages people of all ages to spend their summers reading as much as possible. People set reading goals for themselves and then spend the summer tracking their progress and winning prizes. The program officially runs from Monday, June 3 to Thursday, July 25. This year’s theme is “A Universe of Stories”, so library events focus on topics such as outer space and science fiction. Summer Reading is divided into three age groups: children, teens, and adults.

The Children’s Summer Reading group is split into two age divisions: 6-12 years and birth-5 years.

Children ages 6-12 years can get a head start by signing up here and beginning to track their reading now. Then, beginning on June 3, they can pick up an activity card from the Youth Services Desk. These cards include activities along the “Universe of Stories” theme, such as reading a book about a favorite planet; spending an evening stargazing; and conducting a science experiment found in a library book. The card also includes more general activities, like reading to someone younger, asking a librarian for a book recommendation, using the library’s self-check kiosks, and writing a short book review. Weekly prizes are available when children complete four activities in a week.

Children ages birth-5 years participate in Summer Reading through a caregiver reading to them. Caregivers decide how many books they will read to their children, tally the books on a home calendar throughout the summer, and stop by the library anytime to transfer their numbers to the library’s calendar. Children birth-5 years can also participate in Summer Reading by completing age-appropriate activities and receiving weekly prizes. Starting on June 3, caregivers can register kids ages birth-5 by coming to the Youth Services Desk.

Summer Reading events for both age groups kick off with Big Bang Boom on Thursday, June 6 at 11 a.m. Find more info about the event here. To learn more about Children’s Summer Reading, call 423-434-4458.

Registration for Teen and Adult Summer Reading opens on June 3. Teens register here, and adults sign up here. To stay up to date on Summer Reading news and events in all age categories, visit, pick up a brochure at the library, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

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