Youth Summer Event Guide

Link to BPL Calendar









How to Participate

  • Sign up online.
  • Record minutes read through Wandoo Reader software at your convenience. Paper log sheet available in children's department.
  • Beginning June 3, children can complete weekly challenges in Wandoo Reader for opportunities to receive special recognition in the library or special prizes.
  • The first 100 children to read 1200 minutes (20 hours) will receive two free tickets to a NWA Naturals baseball game.
  • All kids with a minimum of 600 minutes (10 hours) logged will be entered into a grand prize drawing for a Kindle Fire.
  • The last chance to report reading hours is July 31.
  • All readers will receive a book for participating at the end of summer.
  • Check out the Library's Downloadables page – eBooks and downloadable audiobooks count toward your goal!

Library Programs

  • Storytimes
  • Therapy Dogs
  • Book Discussions
  • Workshops
  • Clubs
  • Special Performances

Key Dates

  • Registration starts: May 4
  • Last chance to report hours: July 31

Reading Makes You Smarter!

Assoc. for Library Services to Children

Summer Reading Lists

Birth - Preschool

Kindergarten - Grade 2

Grades 3 - 5

Grades 6 - 8


  • Score higher on reading achievement tests! (Roman, S., Carran, D.T., and Fiore, C.D. (2010). The Dominican Study:Public Library Summer Reading Programs Close the Reading Gap. RiverForest, IL: Dominican University Graduate School of Library & Information Science.)
  • Close the rich/poor reading achievement gap. (Alexander, K. (April 2009). Hopkins Study?public libraries determinativein school success. ODE, 72.)
  • Free voluntary reading is as effective! (Krashen, S. (1989). "We acquire vocabulary and spelling by reading: Additional evidence for the Input Hypothesis." Modern Language Journal73: 440-464.)




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