Read Beyond the Beaten Path: 2022 Summer Library Program

Important Dates:

Summer Reading Begins: Saturday, May 28

First day to pick up prizes: Saturday, June 11

Last day to turn in log and pick up prizes: Sunday, July 31

How the Summer Library Program Works

1. Pick up a paper activity log or download it here

2. Track minutes read or activities completed

3. For every 30 minutes read or for every activity completed, mark off a badge on your activity log

4. When you complete 10 badges, stop by the library to get a prize!

5. Finished your log? Become a Reading Superstar and finish a bonus log to win a bonus prize


Trailblazer: Lanyard & Badge

Explorer: Activity kit & a badge

Adventurer: Goodie bag with a Blank Park Zoo ticket, Iowa Cubs ticket, a badge, & more

Seeker: Free Book & final badge

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.