Summer Reading Programs Across KC

Books open new worlds to children. This summer encourage your child to cultivate a love of reading with these incentive programs from local libraries and businesses! 

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Kansas City Library Summer Reading Programs:

Reading and listening to books and stories will open children’s minds to the fun of adventure with "A Universe of Stories," the theme of the 2019 Library Summer Reading Programs across the Kansas City area.

Mid-Continent Public Libraries

From May 20 through July 31, the Mid-Continent Public Libraries Summer Learning Program will take place for kids and teens from birth to 19 years of age, and adults over 19. Kids (ages 0-12) and teens (ages 13-18) will have the opportunity to accumulate points to earn books and a chance to win great prizes from the Library's Community Partners by participating in Library programs, doing fun activities at home, and reading books of their choice. Prizes may include tickets to the Kansas City Royals, Kansas City Chiefs, Legoland Discovery Center, Science City, or Worlds of Fun / Oceans of Fun.

Johnson County Libraries - Summer Reading for Everyone (Adults too!)

May 20 – July 31, the Johnson County Library summer reading program is for kids, teens and families. Drop by any Johnson County Library starting May 20 to pick up your free book while supplies last. You can also pick up your Summer Reading log to track your summer reads, or print one out at home. A Universe of Stories at Johnson County Library celebrates space exploration with authors, presenter, specialists, illustrators, astronomers and astronauts. 

Kansas City, Kansas Public Library

​June 1 - July 31, sign up for the KCKPL Summer Reading Program. Discover a universe of stories this summer with Kansas City, Kansas Public Library (KCKPL) and its Summer Reading Program. KCKPL invites readers of all ages to participate by logging the books they read to earn prizes! KCKPL will also host events, activities, and so much more in support of summer reading throughout June and July. You can log your activities online or on a paper log.

Kansas City Public Libraries

Beginning May 20, crank up the volumes with some bookish beats as the Kansas City Library's Summer Reading Program invites both youth and adults to participate. The Library offers yearly summer reading programs for youth and adults to make the most of the season with great book suggestions and related activities.

Bonner Springs Public Library

At the Bonner Springs Public Library Reading Program children, teens and adults of all ages may earn prizes.

Cass County Public Library

The Cass County Library Summer Reading Program registration starts on May 20. 

North Kansas City Public Libraries

During the North KC Public Library Summer Reading Program kids (birth-5th grade) are encouraged to read and log minutes to earn rewards. Complete five logs to get a ticket to our summer reward party at Macken Park, where we'll have food, prizes, and lots of entertainment! For each log you complete after log 5, you'll earn a chance in a raffle drawing. 

Olathe Public Libraries

The Olathe Public Library's Summer reading program, a Universe of Stories, blasts off May 20! Join us for free programs, events and prizes for all ages. Children (5th grade and under) can pick up a summer reading log to track their reading. Return your log at the end of the summer to receive a free paperback book. Teens (6th - 12th grade) and adults, the more you read, the more chances you have to win cool prizes like gift cards! Find all the details at


Summer Reading Programs at Kansas City area Businesses:

Summer Reading is also encouraged at businesses across the Kansas City area. Kids earn terrific prizes and incentives after completing their reading goals at these businesses:

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program

Starting May 7, The Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program is here to help you on your way, encouraging you to read books of your own choosing and earn a FREE book. Info at:

Chuck E. Cheese Reading Rewards

Children may earn free play points for reading. Download this and more rewards charts for good habits at

Half Price Books Feed Your Brain Program

June & July, redeem by Aug. 31. Read 15 minutes a day and log your minutes. Have your parent or guardian initial each week. Once you’ve reached 300 or more minutes, bring your log to your local HPB to claim your Bookworm Bucks on or before August 31.

Scholastic Readapalooza Summer Reading Challenge

Get ready to stop the summer slide – while helping kids in need – with the Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge! Pre-registration begins Monday, April 8.
Kids can enter minutes from Monday, May 6 until Friday, September 6.

Sylvan Book Adventure

Ongoing free reading incentive program for K-8 students. They read books, take a comprehension quiz and earn points. They redeem points for prizes.

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