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Summer Reading Programs for Kids

Okay... this feels a little confusing but bear with me!

Libraries across the Treasure Valley are hosting FREE Summer Reading programs. Although they seem very similar and some have the exact same theme - "Oceans of Possibilities" - each one is unique! Be sure to read carefully and decide which program is right for you and your kids.



Join your friends for the fun Kickoff event at the Garden City Library on Tuesday, May 31st from 4-7pm. This is a great time to register for the Summer Reading program and explore the 2022 theme of "Oceans of Possibilities". Celebrate everything Summer Reading with a bounce house, face painting, crafts, pirate carnival games, prizes, treasure hunts, slime making, and so much more!


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  • Dates: June 1-August 6

  • Ages: Kids, Teens and Adults

  • Important Details: Read at least 100 minutes (200 teens and adults) to earn your first prize ticket! For every 100 (200 teens and adults) minutes you read you will complete a level and earn a prize ticket. There are a total of nine levels. All reading must be tracked on your reading log. Prizes include summer reading buttons and free books! Get a paper reading log at your library branch.


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  • Dates: June 1-July 31

  • Ages: 0-16

  • Important Details: You can sign up on Beanstack or in person at the Cherry Lane, Silverstone, or Tiny Library locations. Early Readers (0-5): Complete the Summer Reading program and win a book by practicing an early literacy skill (reading, singing, talking, playing, or writing) for 20 minutes a day for at least 30 days. School Age (6-16): Complete the Summer Reading program and win a book by reading 20 minutes a day for at least 30 days.Complete 10 fun activities in our Extreme Explorer Challenge to earn an exclusive library card!

  • Summer Reading Kickoff Party: Friday, June 3, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Settlers Park (3245 N. Meridian Road) "Help us kick off Summer Reading with an outdoor celebration! Stop by more than 30 activity booths, learn about community resources, and grab dinner from a food truck. Treasure Valley Children’s Theater will be putting on a special performance of “Voyage of the Forgotten” at 5:30 p.m. And of course, make sure to sign up for the Meridian Library’s Summer Reading program to get a free book!"


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  • Dates: Ends August 6th

  • Ages: Kids + Teens

  • Important Details: Pick which group you want to join based on your Reading Goal for the summer and start reading! Each week: read and log your reading; then stop by the Library to talk to a librarian about what you read; and then get a prize! Reach your goal by August 6th to pick a free book from the “vault” and be entered into the grand prize drawing for an awesome Kamigami Robot!

Non-Library Summer Reading Programs



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  • Dates: Must complete the Summer Reading Journal by August 31, 2022

  • Ages: 1st-6th grade

  • Important Details: Read a designated number of books – library books, books borrowed from friends or books bought at Barnes & Noble – write about their favorite part in our Reading Journal, and bring a completed Reading Journal to a Barnes & Noble bookstore. Children then choose their free book from the books listed on the Reading Journal and collect their free book from a store near them during July and August.


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