Summerfest 2017

Last day to record reading is July 31.

Signed up already?

Sign up for the Summerfest reading challenge and get your kids, parents and colleagues signed up to win prizes and build a community of readers. Read 20 minutes a day between June 1 and July 31 to add your individual 1,200 minutes to the community goal of 3 million minutes of reading. Use online games and track your reading to unlock cool new game levels, activities and badges. Kids win prizes at different levels and everyone who completes the challenge will be entered in grand prize drawings for $20 gift certificates to the Chandler Booktique! Every minute counts!

Summerfest also includes a ton of summer events to help you build a better summer. There is something different happening every week and almost every day! We’ve got you covered if you are looking to be entertained, for a cool place to hang out or to build new skills.

Did your kid(s) attend a Stories and Crafts program? Fill out this survey and let us know how it went.

Bee a Reader

Log In/Register Reading Tracker

Reading program for babies up to age 2. Prizes awarded at 300, 600, 900 and 1200 minutes of playful learning with your child

Adult Summer Reading

Log In/Register Reading Tracker

Everyone 18+ can sign up here. Read 1200 minutes for your chance at one of four grand prizes.

Kids Summer Reading

Log In/Register Reading Tracker

Reading Tracker Spanish (Español)

Reading program for kids ages 2-18. Kids win a book of their choice after reading 600 minutes.  At 1200 minutes win a second book, a free bowling certificate to Gage Bowl and a chance at one of four grand prizes.

Summer Reading Posts

Summerfest 2017

Topeka and Shawnee County, let’s read 3 million minutes during the Summer Reading Challenge. Sign up and see what else is happening this summer.


Build a Better World

Help create the summer exhibit at the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery! Together we will explore our world in the 16th Annual Art Exhibit for Children.


Imagine Free Books for Kids

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a free book program that promotes literacy skills for all children from birth to 5 years old. Each month a new, carefully selected book will be mailed in the child’s name directly to their home.

learn and play bus

Learn & Play bus hits the road

The Learn & Play Bus is our new mobile preschool where kids learn to sing, read, write, talk and play.


New Books are Blooming

Springtime is just around the corner and these new books are blooming with hilarious and human tales about life. What do you get when Elvis, Lucy, Vance, Nelson and Nadia share their stories? Books to add to your ‘must read’ list. 1. Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett Twelve-year-old Elvis Babbitt has a head for the […]


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