Spark a Story: Summer Library Program

What is Summer Reading?

  • A free, 7-week program that encourages children to read and keep their brain active through the summer
  • Free children's events at the library

How do I join?

  • Visit the Johnston Public Library anytime between May 28th and July 7th to pick up an activity log

How do I earn prizes?

  • Fill in a picture for every activity completed or for every 30 minutes of reading
  • When 10 pictures are completed, bring your log to the library to collect an activity kit
  • Complete an additional 10 pictures to collect coupons for free ice cream at Dairy Queen and fun activities around the metro
  • Complete the final 10 pictures to choose a free book and receive an entry into the grand prize drawing

All activity logs must be submitted by Saturday, July 13th. 

Why is reading over the summer important?

According the US Department of Education, "numerous studies indicate that students who don’t read or read infrequently during their summer vacation see their reading abilities stagnate or decline." This "summer slide" becomes more pronounced as students get older. The Summer Library Program helps kids avoid the summer slide by encouraging reading and other mentally engaging activities with a fun, easy-to-follow activity log and prizes along the way.