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

Download your summer reading log NOW!  Summer reading fun runs through August 1st.   You can find all the summer reading events ONLINE as well!

CLICK HERE for Lexington Public Library Summer Events  (Register early for the LIVE Animal Show, LIVE Music Show, How to Draw Comics Workshop and other special events)

Kick-off Parties

Welcome summer by picking up your Discover Summer challenge, meeting nearly a dozen Honey Hill Petting Zoo critters, and enjoying hands-on fun. Incoming kindergarteners are V.I.P.s and will enjoy special Countdown to Kindergarten activities! For all kids.

Wrap Up Parties

It’s YOUR pick!  Kids are voting to pick the Wrap Up Party for their branch!  Come join us for the fun and celebrate the end of summer.

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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BIGGEST STORYTIME OF THE SUMMER – (Held at BOTH Half Price Books locations)

Join us in store on Sunday, June 4 at 2 pm as we kick off our FEED YOUR BRAIN® Summer Reading Program. Kids of all ages are invited for the Biggest Storytime of the Summer, as we celebrate reading and family literacy with this nationwide read-in event.


This June and July, read 15 minutes a day. (Grown-ups may read aloud to kids who are still learning.) Use their special reading log, add up your minutes and have your parent or guardian initial each week. Once you’ve reached 300 or more minutes, bring your log to your local HPB to claim your Bookworm Bucks.


Read one of HPB’s recommended titles for teens, then write a short review. Skip the reading log and go to to learn how to claim your Bookworm Bucks.

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 16th and September 5th, 2017. Find a Store
3. Choose your FREE reading adventure from the book list featured on the back of the journal.

Educators: Download more information here (PDF)

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!

Pizza Hut Book It Summer Reading (Tips, downloads, reading lists. etc.)


Chuck E Cheese Reading Rewards

Complete the reading log for 10 free tokens

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