Participate in Summer Reading! It’s Fun and Easy!

From binkies to bifocals, everyone can join the fun…
SummerFest 2013
means great stories, amazing entertainment and a chance to take home an ereader – plus other great prizes.

The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library wants everyone in the community to read this summer. Visit to register or pick up a paper reading tracker at the library or on a Bookmobile. No library card required to sign up.

Summer readers earn rewards, like free bowling passes and chocolate. There are five programs to fit everyone in the family. Complete the following to receive a certificate of accomplishment and be eligible for grand prize drawings:

  • Pre-reader: (birth to 18 months) 30 activities or be read to 12 hours
  • Kids: (toddlers to middle school) read to 12 hours
  • Teens: (middle school to 18-years) read 12 hours
  • Adults: (18 and older) read 8 books
  • Group: a perfect option for daycares and camps (not eligible for grand prizes)

Great stories will take you to 12 hours (or 8 books) in no time. Grownups, model the way for your children and grandchildren. Participation in summer reading helps combat the learning loss that naturally occurs when students go on summer vacation.

“During the last three years, the library has partnered with several school districts to measure reading skills of students at the end of the school year and when they return. It shows that by requiring as little as 12 hours of reading during summer, kids can improve or maintain reading skills and scores,” said LeAnn Petrie, Youth Services supervisor.

Petrie said reading is reading whether it’s a comic book, listening to audiobooks or other reading-related activities and all count toward reaching your reading goals.

SummerFest also includes entertainment for all ages. Free summer activities include:

Weekly Recurring Programs

  • Readapalooza (6–12 years): 10-11:00 am, Tuesday & Thursday
  • Stories and Crafts (3-5 years): 10-11:00 am, Tuesday & Thursday
  • Friday Flicks: 2-4 pm
  • Baby Bookworms: 9:30 am, 10:30am and 5:30pm Thursdays
  • Teen programs: 2 pm, Mondays
  • Family programs (stories, art, music and fun!): 10 am, Saturdays

Come aboard the AdventureMobile, the kid’s bookmobile, and meet a new critter each week. The schedule is in the June/July edition of Library News.

Summerfest programming and prizes are sponsored by The Friends of the Library and many community partners who make this reading initiative possible.

The library will be closed May 27 in observance of Memorial Day, but we’re always open at and customers can sign up for summer reading there. Just click the “SummerFest” button.

Library hours are Mon. through Fri. 9 am to 9 pm, Sat. 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday 12 pm to 9 pm.

Lisa is a former employee and shared the library story in many of her posts.