Summer Reading

Jungle scene with title "Adventure begins at your Rowan County Public Library"

Summer Reading is Here, So Register Today!

From May 25th through July 26th, earn chances to win free books and our grand prize—just by reading and having fun!

You can sign up to participate from May 1st through June 30th by visiting the library, giving us a call at (606) 784-7137, or using the online form on this page.

Everyone of every age is invited! After you register, you can pick up a Summer Reading bag that includes a log sheet you'll use to track your reading and the programs or events you attend. Turn your completed log sheet in to be eligible for our prize drawings. It's that simple!

Read on for more information about how to get involved, what we've got in store for the summer, prizes, and reading recommendations!

Kickoff Event

Once you're signed up, join us for our big kickoff event on May 25th: A library carnival, complete with petting zoo!

You have to start an adventure off right, so we're beginning our journey into the jungle with games, crafts, cotton candy, popcorn, and all kinds of animals. The party goes from 12–5pm May 25th, so after you've been to the spring festival downtown, be sure to stop by for even more fun and excitement! This is especially for kids 5–12, but we're sure you'll have a great time no matter your age.

Remember to register beforehand so you've got your Summer Reading log passport, and make sure to get your first stamp at the kickoff. The adventure has just begun, so this is just a taste of what's in store!

Check out the linked event on our calendar for additional details. 👉🏽

You can also find and follow all our Summer Reading programming in the section below. Remember to sign up for email reminders so you never miss an event you want to be part of, and you can share to your social media directly from each event's page! 👇🏽

Summer Reading Kickoff carnival and petting zoo, May 25th from 12 to 5pm

There are currently no upcoming events.

Upcoming Summer Reading Events

This event is in the "Everyone" group.

Summer Reading Registration

All Day 5/1 - 6/30
Summer Reading
Library Branch: Main Branch
Room: Library Atrium
Age Group: Everyone
Program Type: Summer Reading
Event Details:

Summer Reading is here, and the adventure starts at your library!

This event is in the "Teens" group.

Hunger Games Day

2:00pm - 3:30pm
Gaming, Summer Reading
Library Branch: Main Branch
Room: Teen Area
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Gaming, Summer Reading
Event Details:

Will the odds be in your favor as you try to escape the Hunger Games intact? Find out with this escape room-style game to kick off our teen Summer Reading program!

Disclaimer(s)

Accessibility

The library makes every effort to ensure our programs can be enjoyed by all. If you have any concerns about accessibility or need to request specific accommodations, please contact us ahead of the program or event date.

This event is in the "Babies & Toddlers" group.

Bubble Bash

10:15am - 11:15am
STEM, Summer Reading
Library Branch: Main Branch
Room: Green Space
Age Group: Babies & Toddlers
Program Type: STEM, Summer Reading
Event Details:

It's an outdoor party featuring summer suds! Join in our first Summer Reading program for babies 35 months and younger as we get poppin' and explore the sensory magic of bubbles great and small.

Disclaimer(s)

Accompanying Adults

This program is designed for children and accompanying adults. Please plan to attend and be engaged with your child for the duration. Dropoffs will not be permitted.

This event is in the "Teens" group.

Candy from Around the World

5:00pm - 7:00pm
Culinary, Summer Reading
Library Branch: Main Branch
Room: Community Room A & B
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Culinary, Summer Reading
Event Details:

This Summer Reading is all about adventure, so broaden your horizons with a some sweet treats from across the globe! Sample candy from other countries and see how it compares to what you're used to, here at home.

This event is in the "Teens" group.

Foam Zoo

All Day
Arts & Crafts, STEM, Summer Reading
Library Branch: Main Branch
Room: Teen Area
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, STEM, Summer Reading
Event Details:

Help our teen area come alive by dropping in to make your own animal out of foam modeling clay! Whatever you create will be displayed for the rest of Summer Reading as it finds a home in our wild jungle.

This event is in the "Children" group.

Candy from Around the World (3–5)

11:00am - 12:45pm
Culinary, Summer Reading
Library Branch: Main Branch
Room: Community Room A & B
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Culinary, Summer Reading
Event Details:

This Summer Reading is all about adventure, so broaden your horizons with a some sweet treats from across the globe! Sample candy from other countries and see how it compares to what you're used to, here at home.

Disclaimer(s)

Accompanying Adults

This program is designed for children and accompanying adults. Please plan to attend and be engaged with your child for the duration. Dropoffs will not be permitted.

Food Allergies

We cannot guarantee that food served at this program has not come into contact with tree nuts, soy, or other allergens.

This event is in the "Children" group.

Candy from Around the World (6–8)

1:00pm - 2:45pm
Culinary, Summer Reading
Library Branch: Main Branch
Room: Community Room A & B
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Culinary, Summer Reading
Event Details:

This Summer Reading is all about adventure, so broaden your horizons with a some sweet treats from across the globe! Sample candy from other countries and see how it compares to what you're used to, here at home.

Disclaimer(s)

Accompanying Adults

This program is designed for children and accompanying adults. Please plan to attend and be engaged with your child for the duration. Dropoffs will not be permitted.

Food Allergies

We cannot guarantee that food served at this program has not come into contact with tree nuts, soy, or other allergens.

This event is in the "Children" group.

Candy from Around the World (9–12)

3:00pm - 4:45pm
Culinary, Summer Reading
Library Branch: Main Branch
Room: Community Room A & B
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Culinary, Summer Reading
Event Details:

This Summer Reading is all about adventure, so broaden your horizons with a some sweet treats from across the globe! Sample candy from other countries and see how it compares to what you're used to, here at home.

Disclaimer(s)

Accompanying Adults

This program is designed for children and accompanying adults. Please plan to attend and be engaged with your child for the duration. Dropoffs will not be permitted.

Food Allergies

We cannot guarantee that food served at this program has not come into contact with tree nuts, soy, or other allergens.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Mindfulness Painting

5:30pm - 7:00pm
Arts & Crafts, Health & Wellness, Summer Reading
Open
Registration
Library Branch: Main Branch
Room: Community Room A & B
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Health & Wellness, Summer Reading
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 13
Event Details:

Sign up for our zen art workshop, based on the meditative style of Pavel Piscarev, and paint your stress and emotions out!

Disclaimer(s)

Accessibility

The library makes every effort to ensure our programs can be enjoyed by all. If you have any concerns about accessibility or need to request specific accommodations, please contact us ahead of the program or event date.

This event is in the "Everyone" group.

MSU Star Theater

2:00pm - 3:30pm
Film & Television, Performance, Summer Reading
Offsite Event
Library Branch: Outreach
Age Group: Everyone
Program Type: Film & Television, Performance, Summer Reading
Event Details:

Join us for an adventure...in space! We're partnering with Morehead State University's Star Theate

Disclaimer(s)

Accessibility

The library makes every effort to ensure our programs can be enjoyed by all. If you have any concerns about accessibility or need to request specific accommodations, please contact us ahead of the program or event date.

This event is in the "Babies & Toddlers" group.

Dinosaur Picnic

10:15am - 11:15pm
Culinary, Storytime, Summer Reading
Library Branch: Main Branch
Room: Green Space
Age Group: Babies & Toddlers
Program Type: Culinary, Storytime, Summer Reading
Event Details:

Bring your own blanket for a roaring good time outside as we host a Summer Reading picnic for our littlest library users! Fun is definitely not extinct, and we've got plenty prepared.

Disclaimer(s)

Accompanying Adults

This program is designed for children and accompanying adults. Please plan to attend and be engaged with your child for the duration. Dropoffs will not be permitted.

This event is in the "Teens" group.

Terrariums

5:00pm - 7:00pm
Arts & Crafts, Gardening, STEM, Summer Reading
Library Branch: Main Branch
Room: Community Room B
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Gardening, STEM, Summer Reading
Event Details:

Build your own biome to take home with our miniature terrarium program for Summer Reading! Each one will be unique as you decide what will live in your portable world, and we can't wait to see what you bring to life.

Disclaimer(s)

Accessibility

The library makes every effort to ensure our programs can be enjoyed by all. If you have any concerns about accessibility or need to request specific accommodations, please contact us ahead of the program or event date.

Please Note: In case of conflict, the dates and times provided on our calendar, above, are the most current and correct.

Adventure Begins at your Library!

This year's Summer Reading is all about new experiences and new horizons! An adventure doesn't have to mean going somewhere no one has gone before; it can be as simple as going someplace you've never gone: Learning a new skill, trying something you normally wouldn't, or otherwise challenging yourself is an adventure all on its own.

We've transformed the library into a jungle cruise where anything could be behind the next tree or around the next river bend! You might encounter ancient ruins, lost dinosaurs, curious cryptids, mysterious magic, or even ghosts and alien travelers on their own adventure. Mostly, we hope we can convince you to push your own boundaries and learn what new things are possible for you to achieve through all the fun programs we've got lined up!

For Children: We learn about communication, language, storytelling, and letters long before we actually learn to read and write. That's where early literacy comes in! It's never too early to work toward reading success, and kids who have been read to from an early age have a larger vocabulary, acquire better language skills, and are more likely to want to learn on their own. Summer Reading helps parents set and meet those goals for children, and it's a great opportunity to teach them about teamwork, empathy, and acceptance at the same time!

For Teens: Listen, we get it—we try to stay hip with the youth, and sometimes it's hit or miss. What matters is that teens' needs are being met just like everyone else's! If you're 13-18, you're working to gain independence, you're hunting excitement, you're figuring out who you are, and you just want to be accepted. The library might not sound like a wild time, but we're here to help you discover all possible futures for yourself. Your potential is tomorrow's reality, and Summer Reading is meant to be part of that journey. Put us on your team and let us work with you!

For Adults: Don't kid yourself, you look forward to summer as much as kids do! Maybe you're on vacation, or maybe you just like to relax and catch up on your reading. Either way, we're here for you, too! Community and support aren't just critical for teens and children; we need them more and more as we get older. Whether you're looking for a personal challenge or just for something interesting to do with friends (old or new), we've got you covered.

No matter your age, background, or identity, it takes each and every one of us to make Rowan County. So, let's make this year's Summer Reading another great one—the adventure starts at your library!

How to Participate

We want you to read—it doesn’t matter what! Physical books, graphic novels, ebooks, even listening to audiobooks counts. (Check out some of our recommendations in the book rivers below, to get you started!) When you register, we’ll give you the appropriate bag or log sheet for your age category:

  • Babies (0-35 months)
  • Children (3-5 years)
  • Children (6-8)
  • Children (9-12)
  • Teens (13-17)
  • Adults (18 and older)

Then, all you have to do is read age-appropriate books and attend eligible library events for your category, track them on the log sheet provided, and turn that log in at the end of our Summer Reading program! (Anyone can get a reading log, but program bags are available in limited quantity; first come, first served.)

If you prefer digital reading for any reason, give our apps a try! Check out our digital resources to get started with Libby, Hoopla, Freading, or Tumblebooks; all you need is your library card, and we’re happy to help you out in person or over the phone. There’s never been a better time to try them out (especially since they all have separate borrowing limits from your physical card)!

Prizes

Eligibility for prizes is determined by the number of age-appropriate books each participant reads, plus the number of Summer Reading programs they attend. To be entered for a chance to get free books at the end, find the registrant's age group on the list below for the minimum number of books that must be read and logged:

  • Babies (35 months and younger): 10+ books
  • Children (3-5 years): 5+ books
  • Children (6-8): 3+ books
  • Children (9-12): 3+ books
  • Teens (13-17): 3+ books
  • Adults (18 and older): 4+ books

For anyone unable to read on their own (such as toddlers), books read to them by someone else totally count! After all, books are best when they're shared.

To be eligible for our grand prize drawing, babies and children must read (or have read to them) the minimum required number of books for their age group, and also complete the path sheet provided at registration. Teens and adults will need to read at least 5 age-appropriate books and also complete their path sheet. In addition to the free books they can already earn, they’ll have a chance to receive an adventuring kit with camping gear and more! Remember to get your reading log stamped when you come to an event (or it doesn't count).

We’ll announce our winners on social media at the end of the program, and prize pickup will be July 23rd for babies and teens, and July 25th adults and children 3–12. There will also be a special closeout event at the Carl Perkins Center from 2–6pm on July 26th for all registrants!

Summer Reads for Kids

Summer Reads for Teens

Summer Reads for Adults