Updated for 2017!
I get seriously excited about summer reading programs-yeah, I’m a little nerdy! My kids do, too. My oldest won a tent from the Puyallup program two years ago, and I do believe it was one of the happiest moments of his little life.
Besides being a great way to keep everyone busy, reading during the summer months really is essential to avoid that vacation backslide. Most of these programs allow younger children to participate too, if someone reads to them. Plus, thanks to agreements between libraries, if you have a card from one, you can usually get a card to another! Personally, I only recommend doing one program, just because it’s hard to keep track of so many books-but maybe that’s just me and my messy house! Here’s your rundown!
The whole family can participate in the summer reading program at KCLS through August 31. For preschoolers through fifth grade, the halfway prize is Seattle Storm tickets and the finisher prize is a backpack! Preschoolers will earn a halfway prize after completing 8 activities. Elementary aged kiddos can earn a halfway prize when they read 500 minutes, and another when they read 1,000 minutes. Teens have a different reading log sheet which requires reading 12 hours, plus other fun activities such as introducing yourself to a librarian. Teens can complete as many summer reading logs as they like to be entered in a drawing to win an iPad. Other prizes for teens include Taco Time coupons, Seattle Storm tickets and flash drives. Adults can attend library events and be entered to win tickets to the Literary Lions Gala.
Puyallup Public Library
Kids can now register online or in person for at Puyallup Public Library, which begins in June. Collect badges all summer and earn prizes. Watch the site for more information to come!
Summer Reading for All Ages runs June 24-September 3 at your local Pierce County Library! This is a program for babies and toddlers, kids, tweens, teens and even adults! What’s so awesome about the PCLS program is that it is customized for each age group, with a myriad of activities for each age group!
For teens ages 13-18, check out the Teen Summer Challenge that runs June 1-August 31st. Sign up for a free account, then track your points earned through reading, attending summer library events, completing challenges and more to earn prizes.
The Tacoma library has a fun reading log this summer: fill in squares to play BINGO. Once you have a BINGO, bring in your log sheet for prizes. Not only can you win prizes such as coupons to local businesses, you will be entered into the weekly drawing for prizes such as tickets to NW Trek, the Washington State Fair and the Tacoma Rainiers. Check it out!
Participate now through August 31 in the Kitsap Summer Reading Program Read and keep track by coloring in the flip flops on the fun reading log. Kids and teens who read 10 hours win a book and ticket to the Kitsap County Fair. Adults win a copy of the 2018 One Book One Community selection before it’s announced. Those who read 100 hours get a limited edition t-shirt! You can also take the “inspire” challenge by picking up a special log sheet to set summer goals. Once you complete your goal, turn in your log sheet and be entered to win a prize basket.
The Timberland Library’s Summer Reading Program runs June 1- August 31st. This year, for the first time, you can sign up and log reading activities online, so you can track wherever you may be. Log at least 400 minutes to win prizes such as books, Papa Murphy’s coupons, and passes to NW Trek and Pt Defiance Zoo. Sign up here!