Summer Reading Programs, Promotions and Contests around Louisville (and nationwide)

Summer reading programs are a great way to keep your child motivated over the summer and ready for school in the fall!  Check out this podcast on the topic!

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Here’s all of the great programs we found:

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Barnes & Noble
Imagination Destination Summer Reading programs at Barnes & Noble  bookstores! – Kids read any 8 books, record them on the reading log and bring the log to their store for a free book (listed on the reading log)! The program runs from May 21st to Sept. 3rd.

Chuck E. Cheese’s reading reward chart (you can do this at any time, not just the summer) – Kids log their reading for 2 weeks and redeem for free tokens!

Pottery Barn  – Summer Reading Challenge – This free challenge is for kids 10 and under. The stores have story time on Tuesdays (confirm with local stores) where you can read their recommended books, the kids log the reading and can win prizes. It goes May 16th – August 26th (confirm participation with local stores).

Scholastic 2013 Summer Reading Challenge It’s for kids  birth – 12 years old. They enter their reading minutes in Scholastic’s Read for the World Record challenge. You register your child online and they record their reading minutes online and can earn prizes. Parents and Teachers can monitor their reading.

New York Times: 4th Annual Summer Reading Contest – a contest for teens (13 – 19 years old).  They submit editorial comments on an article, video, photo or other New York Times post from June 14th – August 16th. Then, each week, a winning post is chosen and featured on NYT blog. Contest rules and details can be found here.

Book It! From Pizza Hut has a summer reading sweepstakes and a really nice website for family reading ideas!

Half-Price Books – Feed Your Brain Summer Reading –  Kids can read for at least 15 minutes each day in the months of June and July. (Grown-ups may read aloud to kids who are still learning.) and add up the minutes. Read 300 minutes, turn in the completed log and earn HPB Bookworm Bucks for each month. They award one top reader per age group each month with a TOP READER prize – a $20 HPB Gift Card!

LPFL  – Build Your Brain! They have a kick off party June 1st from 10-12:30 at the Main Library.  Then, all summer, kids birth to 5th grade can participate in the program. Pick up a form at any branch or download it here,  log the books and turn them in for an awesome prize pack full of coupons for family fun and goodies.  Also keep tabs on the Kindergarten Countdown events!

Oldham Library – Summer seedlings program starts with a June 1st kick off party from 11-2 at the Main Library where kids can sign up for the summer reading program.

Bullitt Library  – Dig In! Summer reading program for kids preschool to 5th grade. Stories, crafts and prizes.  Specific dates and locations listed on their website.

Shelby County Public Library– from their website calendar June 3rd 3-6pm  “The library is kicking off the 2013 summer reading season with an ice cream social on Monday, June 3. Stop by the library anytime between 3-6pm to sign up for summer reading, get ice cream, and enjoy the children’s activities. Ronald McDonald will be making a special appearance from 3-4pm. The Kurt Vonnegut traveling museum provided through the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library will also be on exhibit in the library. This is a free event. Donations for the roof repairs and Carnegie East Wing renovation will be accepted. Bake sale items will also be sold to raise funds for children’s educational resources.”

Jeffersonville – Summer reading club – They have special programs during the summer plus kids can sign up starting June 3, and the club runs through July 31. The club is a WIN – WIN activity for everyone as the kids read and learn, they win and when they track their books, they win prizes and coupons!

New Albany/Floyd County
Kick off if May 31st from 10am-3:30pm (drop in) From their website:  “Drop in to the Children’s Room any time between 10:00am and 3:30pm for fun and activities to kick off the 2013 Summer Reading Club! We’ll have craft stations set up throughout the Children’s Room where kids can create their own posters, make a mummy bookmark, contribute to a cave painting, and more! While you’re here, sign up for the Summer Reading Club and check out some great books to read!”

Happy Reading!

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