Summer Reading 2023

Can you guess what time it is? Yep! That’s right; it’s time again for the Summer Reading Program at your local Shelby County Public Library. And this year, we think this summer’s program is going to be super spectacular for families and children! We are so stoked to grow, create, connect with friends, and have a groovy time with the theme: All Together Now! 


It’s easy-peasy! Stop by the Youth Services Department at either of the check-out desks to simply fill out a registration form to sign-up children or teens for this year’s program! Want to sign-up online without having to come into the Library? Just visit Beanstack to register online. How nifty is that?


Here’s the lowdown on this year’s reading goals for both children and teens – this year, we are challenging all of our participants to read for a minimum of 20 minutes a day until July 28th! Think you take on the challenge and rock it to the max? We know you totally can! Of course, we encourage everyone to read more if they would like to. Shoot for the stars, and try setting your own higher goal of reading more than 20 minutes a day! Whatever you put your mind to, we know you will have the power to complete it – plus, we need everyone’s help to reach our Community Goal of reading a total of 500,000 minutes for the summer!



This year, we are trying something different to keep track of everyone’s reading over the summer – a Reading Map! During your Summer Reading journey, use the Reading Map you received the day you signed up for the program to track each day you read for 20 minutes! After you read your 20 minutes for the day, place an orange sticker over that day’s number and continue down the path each day as you read each day until the end of the Summer Reading Program on July 28th. Be sure to keep an eye out for the specially marked days on your Reading Map because every seven days that you read for 20 minutes, you earn a grand prize ticket! So be sure to stop by the Youth Services Circulation desk when you reach those 7-day marks to fill out your grand prize tickets! Oh, but wait! Think you can take on this challenge of reading more than 20 minutes a day, which would totally help us reach the Community Goal of reading 500,000 minutes read over the entire summer? Just keep track of the extra minutes you read each day on a separate piece of paper, and for every additional hour (60 minutes- split up however you like) over the 20 minutes a day you read, you can earn an extra grand prize ticket!


We have four fab grand prize baskets you can earn tickets for to win – every seven days, you read your 20 minutes a day, and you earn a grand prize ticket where you can select which basket you would like to be entered to win.


  • Totally Rad Baby Basics Basket: featuring a handful of fun learning toys and books for babies.
  • Moving & Grooving Basket: get the chance to pick out your own bicycle & helmet to be the grooviest kid on the block.
  • Have a Blast Family Night Basket: get ready for a fab time with activities for the whole family or all your friends, and you will enjoy- playing games, watching movies, and more.
  • Good Vibes Basket: the perfect basket to bring smiles to your face featuring a bluetooth speaker to listen to your favorite tunes, a Polaroid camera to take stellar photos of you and your friends, and a fabulous beach blanket to lounge on.


Guess what? You can earn even more tickets toward one of these Fab Prize Baskets by attending our Summer Reading Programs! How awesome!


Once you read the minimum of 20 minutes a day from the day you sign-up until the last day of the program, July 28th, you will have completed the program! Right on! So be sure to stop by the Youth Services Department from July 31st to August 5th to pick out your free book!


Guess what? You never have to miss a Library notification or update again! Be sure to follow us on the Library’s social media accounts for updates, program dates/times, important information, and much more! Plus, you can sign-up for Library text alerts to stay connected with us for instant notices! To sign-up, simply text SCPL to (833) 972-3431.

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