Summer Reading Program

Summer Reading Events

Grab-and-Go Kits for Kids (Ages 0-12)

Grab-and-Go Kits for Kids (Ages 0-12)

June 14 and 28 & July 12 and 26

Every other Monday throughout the summer, Grab-and-Go kits will be available for pick up at the Library. Registration is required; register online. Each kit contains a secret code to redeem for additional prize entries!

Click the name of each kit to register for that week’s kit. Registration for each Grab-and-Go Kit will open at 10 AM one week prior.

Story Time on the Lawn

Story Time (Preschool)

June 15, 22, 29 & July 13, 20, and 27 at 10 AM on the Front Lawn

Join us at 10 AM on Tuesdays on the front lawn of the library for story time with Ms. Megan! For every story time you attend, you can earn additional prize entries.

This event is outside. It is recommended that you bring a lawn chair or blanket and bug spray and/or sunscreen.

Story Time (Baby & Toddler)

June 17, 24 & July 1, 15, 22, and 29 at 10 AM on the Front Lawn

Join us at 10 AM on Thursdays on the front lawn of the library for story time with Ms. Elaine! For every story time you attend, you can earn additional prize entries.

This event is outside. It is recommended that you bring a lawn chair or blanket and bug spray and/or sunscreen.

Special Events for Kids (Ages 0-12)

Scholastic Book Fair

June 7–12 during regular library hours.

A perennial family favorite, the Scholastic Book Fair is back! The book fair will be set up in the Youth Services Department between June 7 and 12. No registration is required.

Chalk the Walk

June 16 during regular library hours on the front lawn of the library

Leave your mark on the library — sidewalk, that is. Join us and Chalk the Walk on June 16!

Stuffed Animal Sleepover

June 23 during library hours — Drop off in the Youth Services Department
June 28 during library hours — Pick up in the Youth Services Department

Your favorite stuffed animals get to spend the night at the Library! Drop off your furry friend in the Youth Services Department on June 23 during library hours and we’ll take good care of them. On June 28, you can pick up your stuffed animal friends from their sleepover and look at all the fun they had over the weekend!

Wave Foundation Penguin Aquatic Flyers Virtual Program

June 30 at 11 AM via Zoom

During this presentation, participants will learn about these incredible animals, including their natural history, geography, diet, predators, and WAVE Foundation’s research and conservation initiatives. At the close of this experience, you will have a greater understanding and appreciation of these remarkable birds!

Click here to register. Please complete one registration per household.

Wild Tails and Tales Around Town Scavenger Hunt

July 12–17

More details coming soon!

Animal Tales

July 22 at 3:30 PM on the front lawn of the library

Animal Tales and Tails is an exciting new program for summer 2021.  In this program, we will be focusing on animals with cool and unusual tails as well as animals found throughout literature in classic tales. The classic story from the age-old The Tortoise and the Hare will finally be acted out by two of our favorite animal ambassadors. Students of all ages will learn the mystery behind the African Crested porcupine’s dangerous tail and just how the scorpion uses her tail to catch her prey.

End of Summer Reading Celebration

July 30 at 6 PM on the front lawn of the library

Special Events for Teens (Ages 13-17)

Scholastic Book Fair

June 7–12 during regular library hours.

A perennial family favorite, the Scholastic Book Fair is back! The book fair will be set up in the Youth Services Department between June 7 and 12. No registration is required.

Tie-Dye on the Front Lawn

June 11 at 6 PM on the front lawn of the library

Please bring your own white t-shirt! We will provide the dyes and rubber bands.

Virtual Trivia Night

June 25 at 6 PM on Facebook Live

Mini Art Exhibit

July 1 – Painting kits available

July 22 – Submission deadline to be included in art exhibit

Show off your artistic talents in our mini-exhibition in July? Kits will include a mini canvas and easel, a packet of air-dry clay, paint, and a paintbrush. Once you’ve painted your mini canvas and/or made your sculptures, please return them to the library by July 22 to be featured in our community exhibit. Artwork will be on display throughout July and August. Two participants will be randomly selected to win a gift card! 

Click here to register. Registration will open one week prior, June 24 at 10 AM.

UFO Day

Friday, July 2 from 8:45–10:15 PM at Red Orchard Park

Celebrate World UFO Day with us under the stars at Red Orchard Park. NASA Ambassador and fan-favorite Dan Price will explain recent UFO sightings; how, where, and why we search for life; the Fermi paradox, and much more. Dan will also set up a telescope, camera, and monitor to allow for socially distanced views of objects in the night sky. 

Please bring your own chair or blanket. This program will take place at Red Orchard Park at 704 Kentucky Street, Shelbyville, in the field to the left of the barn through the main entrance. This event will be canceled if it is raining. Registration is not required. 

CommUNITY Drum Circle

Saturday, July 17 at 11 AM on the front lawn of the library

Join Michelle Lewis, music teacher and owner of Drumsmart LLC, as she facilitates a drum workshop on the library front lawn. In the CommUNITY Drum Circle, attendees will learn basic drumming techniques, how to communicate through drumming, and collaborate with one another to create a fun and improvised sound journey.

No prior drumming experience is necessary. Drums will be provided, but you may bring a drum or found sound of your choice. All ages are welcome for this unique drumming experience! This event will be canceled if there is inclement weather.

When does the fun begin?

Summer Reading begins on Monday, June 7, 2021 and ends on Saturday, July 31, 2021.

How to complete the Summer Reading program

  • Log your reading online or through the Beanstack app. (A paper reading log is available for those without reliable internet access. Contact a library staff member to request the paper reading log.)
  • For ages 0-12, read and log at least 300 pages. For ages 13-17, read and log at least 600 pages. Pages read above and beyond the completion requirements will earn the reader additional prize entries, up to a certain limit.

Has summer reading changed this year?

We continually make adjustments to recurring library programming using feedback from library patrons, staff, and presenters, as well as changes caused by the pandemic.

  • All reading logging will take place online through Beanstack. A physical reading log will be available for those without reliable internet access at home.
  • We are excited to offer in-person events for this year’s Summer Reading Program! In-person events will be held intermittently throughout the summer on the front lawn of the Library.
  • Grab-and-Go kits will be available for pick up on some Mondays in June and July. Reserve your kit from within the Summer Reading Program page in Beanstack.
  • New this year: books read above and beyond the completion requirements will earn the reader additional prize entries! Due to software limitations, readers will not earn tickets after logging 1,800 pages for ages 0-12 and 2,000 pages for ages 13-17.

What is summer reading?

Summer Reading is a national program designed to encourage children of all ages to read throughout summer break. Studies have shown that when children read, it increases vocabulary, curiosity, and memory, creates opportunities to build listening skills, and forms a foundation for scholastic success. One of the goals of the Shelby County Public Library is to inspire life-long learning, and one of the first steps towards that is our summer reading program.

Daycares and Summer Reading

The Bookmobile is not servicing daycares, long-term care facilities (ie, nursing homes), or community stops for the foreseeable future. Daycares who would like to register their classes must do so themselves using the Group Registration option in Beanstack.

Contact the Outreach Services Librarian, Rebecca, at bookmobile@scplibrary.net or by phone at (502) 633-3803 if you have questions.

Thank you to Commonwealth Bank & Trust for sponsoring this year’s Summer Reading Program!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Beanstack?

Beanstack is an online system to participate in our programs, like Summer Reading or the Adult Winter Read. It’s free to use and allows you to register once and keep an account for all of our literacy programs. Click here to register for Summer Reading!

For more information and tutorials about Beanstack, click here.

Is there an app?

Yes! Beanstack has a free app that allows you to quickly and easily track your reading.

Does my library card number work with Beanstack?

No. Beanstack is not pre-populated with all SCPL cardholder information. You must register with Beanstack using your email address. The registration process is simple and allows you to register multiple readers at the same time. Note that a valid library card number is required to complete the registration process.

Don’t have a library card? If you are a Shelby County resident, or have a card at one of our many reciprocal counties, you can apply online.

Is summer reading all online this year?

The Summer Reading Program features both in-person and virtual events and a virtual reading log.

When you add to your Beanstack reading log, you can keep track of everything you read, even if it is not between set program dates, like Summer Reading or the Adult Winter Read. For more information or tutorials about Beanstack, click here.

We will have paper reading logs for those who do not have internet access at home, as well as craft kits, available to pick up at the Library.

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