Read and Win with Summer Reading

Take part in the fun and excitement of SummerFest, the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library’s summer reading incentive program. Everyone, from binkies to bifocals, can win prizes by reading. One kid, one teen and one adult will win the Grand Prize, a Kindle Fire HD (to be drawn after the program concludes Aug. 1).

Sign up at Paper reading trackers are also available at the library or Bookmobile. Remember to visit the Adventuremobile to meet a new critter each week. More at

Summer Reading Bonus Game
[5 yrs and up] Conquer 15 online challenges to earn 15 virtual badges. Challenges range in topic from the weather to movies. Each badge requires completion of three quests developed by our brainy librarians! Start the challenge May 23 at

“We encourage everyone to read 12 hours in two months, and we’re sweetening the deal with free chocolate, cupcakes and other coupons from area businesses,” Youth Services Supervisor LeAnn Petrie said. “The real reward, however, is that children who read during the summer months maintain or improve their reading skills and scores. And parents who model the way by participating themselves help with their child’s progress.”

Pro tip! Earn 30 minutes toward your reading goal by listening to stories every Tuesday and Thursday when you bring your child to Readapalooza or Stories & Crafts at 10am.

Birth-18 months – Bee a Reader
Prepare your child for reading through storytelling and activities. Earn baby some prizes for every 4 hours or 10 activities, plus a chance at the grand prizes, a handmade baby blanket and a Soft Feely Box toy.

19 months–12 years – Fizz, Boom, Read!
Less than 2 hours of reading a week during June and July, that’s all it takes to get a free book and other fun and yummy prizes. Reading graphic novels and listening to books counts too!

13-18 years – Spark a Reaction – Read!
Read for free bowling passes and food coupons – just 12 hours of reading in 2 months will do it. Summer is time to break out the titles you couldn’t get to during the school year – be it your favorite fashion magazine on Zinio, manga or newly published titles.

18 years and up – Literary Elements
Your summer reading program is different this year, though just as gratifying. For every 100 pages you read, earn 1 point. At 12 points, receive a dessert. At 16 points, you are entered to win the grand prize. It’s easy and fun. (Psst! Registering for the adult program gives you an easy way to add your children.)

Summer is a great time to discover new authors and stories and spend low-cost to no-cost family time. Taking summer vacation? Remember to pack a couple books on CD or download them to your device via

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