The Summer Reading Program at your local library has started and ends in August.

The Summer Reading Program is a nationwide initiative to encourage kids to read and do fun, offline activities.

On our last visit, while we were checking out our books and DVDs at the desk, the librarian asked us if we had heard of the Summer Reading Program.

It sounded fun so we signed up.

And upon signing up, I was surprised to learn that my daughter got to choose a FREE brand new book to take home from the Summer Reading Program cart, pictured below.


summer reading program library

The books that are available, for toddlers to teens, are carefully curated from the New York Times bestseller list. And we found a book that was perfect for her.

Sheesh, even I wanted to sign up just to get a FREE book! Imagine that, going to the library to borrow books and ending up with a FREE book to take home and keep.

Of course, my mind starts racing. How do we get more free books? We hit up a few other libraries nearby to get a free book at each one!

The Summer Reading Program encourages kids to read on a regular basis. When we signed up, we got a sheet with shapes to fill out each time my daughter read for 20 minutes.

summer reading library

Of course, since she is just 4, I read to her. When she has done this 15 days, she can return to the library to claim a prize, a hand puppet. This is exclusive to our library.

When she reaches 30 days of reading, she can get pick out another free book and enter a raffle for several prize baskets and a $1,000 scholarship!

Each library is doing something different. Some even include adults in the Summer Reading Program and hold a weekly raffle for prizes.

Check out your local library for details.