Indianapolis Public Library Summer Reading Program – Camp Read S’more

Camp Read S’more IndyPL Summer Reading Program

Whether you have the kind of kid you must beg to read, or the one who hides under the covers with a flashlight, the Indianapolis Public Library’s (IndyPL) Summer Reading Program will have everyone excited to read this summer!

Reading in a tree

Camp Read S’more Summer Reading Program

The theme this year is “Camp Read S’more”—which might not be a “real” summer camp, but it is a great way to encourage kids to expand their reading while also enjoying time outdoors.

IndyPL also has a community reading goal: if the IndyPL community surpasses 16 million minutes of reading, all readers who logged during the summer will be entered into grand prize drawings at the end of the program. Prizes include items such as one of two $529 CollegeChoice CD savings accounts, autographed footballs from Colts players, and more!

Kid reading by a tree

Books for Youth

Additionally, the IndyPL Foundation will also donate 5,000 books to Books for Youth with the Indianapolis Colts. Through this program, the Colts and the Department of Child Services provide every Indiana foster child with 25 books to start their own library. We can all help IndyPL and the Colts get more books in children’s hands by reading this summer!

Sign up for IndyPL’s Summer Reading Program

The first day to log reading time is Monday, June 6, 2022, so you will want to be registered by then, but you can register anytime before the last day to log reading time, Saturday, July 30, 2022.

IndyPL’s Summer Reading Prizes

You then have another week to pick up prizes at any branch, by Saturday, August 6, 2022. The prizes are really great, but quantities are limited and subject to change.

  • 1 hour: Snack OR Stacking Pencil
  • 5 hours: Snack OR Notepad OR Kazoo
  • 10 hours: Bandana and Book OR Indians Ticket OR Pizza Coupon
  • 15 hours: Jump Rope OR Knitted Kick Ball OR Glow-in-the-Dark Stars OR Water Bottle
  • 20 hours: Book and Eiteljorg Pass OR Haunted House Pass OR Snapology Pass
  • Bonus Prize: Drawstring Bag OR Card Game OR Dragon Glide

Minutes are not transferable between individuals and a maximum of 20 hours will be awarded to each participant. Kids and teens can read any book, graphic novel, magazine, e-book, or newspaper they desire and enjoy.

Want to reach the full 20 hours? 20 minutes of reading a day will get you there!

Kid and dad reading in forest

How to Register for IndyPL’s Summer Reading Program

There are three ways to register and track your reading.

  • On the Beanstack app: Search for “Beanstack” in the App Store or Google Play Store and follow the instructions to create an account for yourself or your family. If you already have an account, you need only enroll in “Summer Reading 2022” with IndyPL.
  • On the web: In your browser, visit to create an account for yourself or your family. If you already have an account, you need only enroll in “Summer Reading 2022” with IndyPL.
  • In person/on paper: Visit or call any IndyPL location to register with a staff member. Keep track of your reading on the Beanstack app, or pick up a paper tracking sheet at a branch or print one in English or Spanish.

Need help? IndyPL staff can help you register and track your progress online or in the app. Even local summer camp, daycare, or schools can participate in Summer Reading, registering as a group!

Even S’more to the Summer Reading Program

There are even MORE ways to earn prizes with the library’s Summer Reading program, outside of reading. IndyPL has 11 activities for kids to complete; if they do 7, they will earn an additional prize:

  • Donate a new or used book to Books for Youth.
  • Take a walk in your neighborhood or park and pick up trash.
  • Read out loud to someone or tell your favorite campfire story.
  • Visit a nature park or Butler University’s planetarium and observatory.
  • Create a drawing inspired by the outdoors or make an art piece with objects found in nature!
  • Write a letter home from Camp Read S’more.
  • Plant a seed this summer, visiting IndyPL’s Seed Library locations for free seeds.
  • Attend a program, meet a librarian, visit a new branch, explore the IndyPL website.
  • Head outside, close your eyes, and listen for nature sounds.
  • Make a new snack and enjoy it outdoors with a friend or try a new veggie or fruit!
  • Use nature to inspire movement—pretend to be a bear, a tree, or the wind by moving your body.

And even parents can earn the opportunity to win, by completing the Summer Reading Program survey to be entered to win a Meijer Gift Card! Adults can find the survey and more information about the Summer Reading Program at

Summer Reading Program Events

Lastly, don’t forget about all the great programs the library hosts at every branch, so you can make a full experience out of visiting.

Many branches are hosting Summer Reading Kickoffs to begin the summer of reading fun, where you can enjoy a variety of activities like face painting, games, treats, and giveaways. Babies through adults can register for the Summer Reading Program during these events. No registration is required for the Animal Meet and Greets and Animal Shows scheduled with Silly Safaris. You can meet up to three animals, ask your questions, and take a picture with critters at the Meet and Greets or go on a wild adventure during the sit-down 45-minute live animal shows.

Other locations are hosting a Campfire Obstacle Course with JumpBunch, which you will need to register for and is for ages 6-10 years. As you journey through the woods, you’ll need to avoid bears, save marshmallows, and close the cabin door tight to cozy-up and read! Inspire movement, exercise, problem-solving and strengthen fine motor skills with each JumpBunch challenge.

Constellations with Snapology is for ages 6 & up and requires registration. Kids will learn about the night sky, how astronomers tell stars apart, and how stars aid in navigation and inspire storytelling, then will build their own LEGO constellation complete with and a complementary story. In Garden Buddies with Mr. Tony, children ages 6 & up will add some character to their growing garden this summer using found objects to create a Garden Buddy to take home and display in their yard.

There are also some great storytelling programs happening. In Reading S’more: Camp Tales with Portia Jackson, kids of all ages can enjoy stories of growing up camping throughout Indiana—highlighting native birds, trees, and plants. Weaving in the elements of good storytelling, children will learn how to reflect on their own explorations through nature, visualize and act out their own experiences, and effectively tell their own stories.

And there is nothing like spooky stories around a campfire! During Spooky Campfire Stories, they can listen to Indiana storytellers share stories about goblins, ghosts, and other creepy creatures to give a little spook and wanting to hear s’more! Stories are appropriate for all ages. Kids 6 and up with a big imagination are ready for Story Adventures! With React Kidz instructors, children will act-out familiar fairytales and be in the middle of the action. They will build confidence, creativity, and discipline by working together to tell a story through improvisational theatre games. All of these workshops require registration.

Teens aren’t left out of the fun either! During Kamp Krafts, teens will make para-cord bracelets and metal pendant necklaces and in Camp Cooking, cooking is made easy, with teens learning to make delicious and simple recipes such as Fireside Chili, Southwest Chicken Quesadillas, and S’more Bites, led by the Marion County Public Health Department Nutrition Services. Both teen programs require registration.

Don’t miss out on a jam-packed summer of reading and s’more fun for everyone—including the Adult Summer Reading Program, Read Outside!

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