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.
- Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library: The Indianapolis public library kicks off their summer reading program on June 6th.
- 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.
About 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!