Summer Fun: FREE Summer Reading Programs | Indiana

by Beth Montgomery on June 7, 2011

in Announcements

The following post was written by Ann-Marie of Chaos is Bliss:

One of our favorite free activities all year long is heading to our local library. You’re probably very familiar with summer reading programs available through your local library, but I didn’t know until my daughter was in grade school that even local and national book stores also offer reading programs, complete with prizes too!

Here’s a list of what I have come up with, including links.

  • Carmel Clay Public Library:   Starting with infants through grade 5, this year’s theme is Sit! Stay! Read!. Registration is now open, and the program ends August 4th.
  • Hamilton East Public Library: Registration is now open for the 8-week summer reading program for the libraries serving Fishers and Noblesville. This year’s theme is Read S’More! Stop by the Youth Services Department at either the Fishers or Noblesville libraries.
  • Johnson County Public Library:   Each branch in Johnson County will celebrate summer with One World, Many Stories. Registration began May 23rd and the program runs through July 23rd.
  • Barnes & Noble:   Imagination’s Destination is the theme for this year’s Barnes & Noble summer reading program. Kids can earn a FREE book after reading 8 books during the program. Download a journal and read details here.
  • Borders:   The Double Dog Dare challenge returns for 2011. After your child (age 12 & under) reads 10 books, they’ll earn one free at Borders.
  • Half Price Books Summer Reading Program:   With the Feed Your Brain summer reading program at Half Price Books, children 14 and under can earn Back-to-School bucks to use at any participating Half Price Books store. Print a free reading log and encourage your child to read 15 minutes each day. This Sunday June 5th will be the kick-off, with the Biggest Storytime of the Summer at your local HPB store. You can even print reading reward certificates from HPB’s website.
  • Mudsock Books:   This local bookstore in Fishers is offering an 8-week book club for children in grades 3-5 called Ralph’s Readers. There is a small fee of $3 per session or $20 in full, and children receive a 15% discount on book club purchases. Visit their site or Facebook page for more information.
  • Book Adventure:   This site, through Sylvan Learning, offers another free reading program for children in grades 3-8. Children create their own book lists, take quizzes over the books they have read, and earn points to use toward prizes.

Visit or call a location near you for more details.   Remember, offers may change or vary by location, so always call first to make sure your location is participating.

Summer Fun in IndianaAbout Ann-Marie: Ann-Marie is a SAHM of 3 fun-loving kiddos. Her passion for sharing tips & deals with everyone (literally ” therapists, technicians, random strangers in line… ) inspired her to begin her own blogging journey. Chaos Is Bliss was launched in October 2010 to share ideas on all things home & family.

Make sure you check out the Summer Fun in Indiana series for more ways to save this summer on family fun! Enjoy your summer!

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