2014 Summer Reading Programs, Promotions, Contests in and around Louisville (and Nationwide)

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Barnes & Noble – Imagination’s Destination Summer Reading program at Barnes & Nobel bookstores for children grades 1-6- read any 8 books, record them on the reading log (you can download it online or pick up a copy at the store) and bring the log to the store for a free book (listed on the reading log)! The program runs from May 20th to September 2nd.

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 10 free tokens!

Half-Price Books – Feed Your Brain Summer Reading – Kids log the minutes they read during the months of June and July. If you hit 300 minutes in the month you can bring your log to the store (the first week of the following month) and receive a small gift card for the store. They award one top reader per age group each month with a TOP READER prize.

Book It! From Pizza Hut has a summer reading program running from June 1st through August 15th and a great website for family reading ideas and parent resources!

Pottery Barn Kids Summer Reading Challenge – their program is designed for both early readers and independent readers. Download the log and track your reading through August 26th. You can turn in your log at Pottery Barn Kids for a free book and a chance to win other great prizes.

Scholastic 2014 Summer Reading Challenge -The theme this summer is Reading Under the Stars. It is for kids ages 4-14. Children enter their reading minutes in Scholastic’s Read for the World Record challenge. You register your child online beginning May 5th.


Bullitt Library – The summer reading program at Bullitt Library will begin after the 2013-2014 school year. Children from preschool to 5th grade are eligible to participate and it will include stories, crafts and prizes. Specific dates and locations will be listed on their website.

Jeffersonville Township – Summer reading club – They have special programs during the summer check their website for further details and dates.

Louisville Free Public Library – LFPL offers a program for young readers and teens. Read Big! is a 10-week program for readers up to fifth grade. The program will have weekly book giveaways and grand prize drawings at the end of the summer. Every child who completes the program will receive an official Summer Reading backpack, along with passes to local attractions. Children’s Grand Prizes include multiple $500 Family Shopping Sprees at Barnes & Noble and tickets for one lucky reader and 13 of his or hers closest friends to a Louisville Bats game in the Mayor’s suite. LFPL also offers a Teen Summer Reading “TSR” program for children in grades 6-12. These readers need to read six books and complete a book related activity. Teens who complete the program will receive a pair of earbud headphones and passes to local attractions and U of L games. TSR Grand Prize giveaways include a tablet computer, U of L football tickets, and gift cards to Barnes & Noble. Join the program at any branch as of June 1st or attend the kick-off party at the Main Library on May 31st from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Also, keep tabs on the Kindergarten Countdown events!

New Albany/Floyd County – The summer reading program will kick off on May 27th and run through July 26th. They will offer programming for patrons of all ages from birth to adult readers. Check their website beginning mid-May for a list of programs and event times.

Oldham Library – Fizz! Boom! Read @ Your Library is the theme for Oldham County’s Summer Reading Program. They will kick off this science themed program on May 31st from 11-2pm at the Main branch in LaGrange. The kick-off will have book characters, snow cones, the Honey Hill petting zoo and more. Featured programs this summer will include Silly Safaris, Hooked on Science, Madcap Puppets, the Starlab Planetarium, classes with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture Mobile Science Center and Animal Science presented by Animal Tales.
By signing up for the Summer Reading Program, your child can be entered to win a $1000 college scholarship through KHEAA. In addition to their traditional summer reading program, Oldham County will also host a Kindergarten Countdown program. Children who are entering kindergarten in the fall can sign up anytime beginning May 31st and receive a Kindergarten Countdown t-shirt, receive information on being prepared for kindergarten, and be eligible for fun events throughout the summer.

Shelby County Public Library– Shelby County will offer a science based program- Fizz! Boom! Read @ Your Library. They will also incorporate math into the program. The kick-off of the program will be held on June 14th from 11-1. It will feature a make your own robot activity as well as live music and ice cream. Every Wednesday during the 7-week program the library will offer a unique program. Program times are 11am and 2pm. There will also be an interactive science table at the library throughout the program for young readers to explore science and have some fun. The library will also host a book fair in July.

Spencer County Public Library– Spencer County will be having a Bazinga! themed summer reading program starting on May 24. Head to their website to enter; they have a program for children under age 12 and for teens ages 13-18.

By guest contributor: Tami

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