Summer Reading Programs

Local libraries and bookstores have great summer reading programs.  Get freebies, enjoy special events, and more just for participating!

Lexington Public Library

Return your Read Y’all Challenge Log by July 31st for fantastic prizes

Visit for a full list of offerings

Play along on FacebookInstagram, & Snapchat #ReadYall

Pick Your Summer Challenge

Download and Print Now – Return to any library branch after June 1st

Read Y’all Challenge

(English Version)

Read Y’all Challenge

(Spanish Version)



Kids & Teens (ages 0-17)

  • A new book from our prize book cart OR a coupon for a free item from the Friends of the Library Book Cellar
  • One entry into the grand prize drawing of your choice
  • One day’s admission to any city pool (ages 0-15)

Adults (18+)

  • A coupon for a free item from the Friends of the Library Book Cellar or in-library book sale shelf
  • One entry into the grand prize drawing of your choice


CLICK HERE for Lexington Public Library Summer Events  (Register early for the Special Events!)

Kick-off Parties

Wrap Up Parties

Come join us for the fun and celebrate the end of summer.

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Jessamine County

Scott County Public Library

Clark County Public Library

Bourbon County Public Library

Paul Sawyier Library Frankfort

Madison County Public Library

Joseph Beth Booksellers

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Half Price Books

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Join us at your local HPB on Sunday, June 3 @ 2 p.m. for the Biggest Storytime of the Summer.


Read 15 minutes a day to keep up an appetite for reading all summer long.

(Grown ups may read aloud to kids who are still learning.)

Slay dragons. Ride broomsticks. Unlock portals. Cast spells. FEED YOUR BRAIN® & fuel the power of your imagination this summer.

Download and use this reading log in June and July. Add up your minutes and have your parent or guardian initial each week. Once you’ve reached 300 minutes or more, bring your reading log into your local HPB store to claim your Bookworm Bucks on or before August 30, 2018.

Need some suggestions on what to read? The reading recs below will cast a spell on you.

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Barnes and Noble

The Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program is here to help you on your way, encouraging you to read books of your own choosing and earn a FREE book, simply by following these three easy steps:

  1. Read any eight books this summer and record them in your Summer Reading Journal (English or Español). Tell us which part of the book is your favorite, and why.
  2. Bring your completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between May 15th and September 3rd, 2018. Find a Store
  3. Choose your FREE reading adventure from the book list featured on the back of the journal.

Scholastic Summer Reading


Sign up online.  Log your minutes for online incentives.  Many area schools participate.  Veterans Park Elementary has won the Kentucky Summer Reading Challenge for the past couple of years.  Sign up your school!  Log minutes starting May 8th!

Chuck E Cheese Reading Rewards

Complete the reading log for 10 free tokens

This Lex Fun 4 Kids post was originally shared in 2013 but I update it every year and republish – enjoy!

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