Indianapolis area summer reading programs

Indianapolis Area Summer Reading Programs

Summer Reading Programs

It’s hard to believe that summer is here. School may be out but reading is in! Summer is such a magical time for having fun and making memories with your kids. Make one of those memories diving into some exciting stories or fascinating nonfiction titles!

Many libraries are offering summer reading programs for your children to help foster a love of books and continue to develop their literacy skills over summer break. If you have never participated in a summer reading program, this is the year to sign up! Many programs offer fun rewards and incentives to encourage your children to log those reading minutes.

Below is a list of the summer reading programs around the Indianapolis area! Several libraries have associated summer reading events at the local branches—check our calendar to see what’s scheduled near you!

Indianapolis Public Library

June 6- July 30

This summer’s theme at the Indianapolis Public Library is Camp Read ‘Smore! Pack your bags and dig into a good book with this fun theme. Prizes are earned at 1 hour, 5 hours, 10 hours, 15 hours, and 20 hours of reading. In addition, you can earn a bonus prize by completing 7 activities from the Discover challenges. All types of reading count towards your totals, including audiobooks. Visit the library’s website for all the details and to register.

Kid reading by a tree

Avon- Washington Township Library

June 1- July 22

The summer reading program theme this year is Oceans of Possibilities. There are two different programs you can register for this summer, called Cliffhangers and Timekeepers. Cliffhangers allows you to earn prizes based on pages read, and Timekeepers allows you to earn based on minutes read. You get to select which program is best for your child. Regardless of which one you register for, both give you access to a free ticket for their Friends Book Sale. This program is for children of all ages.

Bartholomew County Public Library

June 1-July 22

Oceans of Possibilities is this year’s theme at the Bartholomew County Public Library. Register for the summer reading program to earn fun prizes. The program officially began June 1st, but there’s plenty of time left to register and participate. Hours and books read can be logged on their online system and redeemed at the library for rewards. Children of all ages can participate in this summer reading program.

Brownsburg Public Library

June 7- July 18

Hop over to the Brownsburg Public Library and register for this year’s Tales and Tails themed summer reading program. For the chance to earn raffle tickets and prizes, spend a total of 60 minutes a week reading or doing literacy activities through the library. This program is open to children of all ages.

Carmel Clay Public Library

June 1- July 31

Carmel Clay Public Library is also using Oceans of Possibilities as its theme and includes a special give back initiative with the Hamilton County Humane Society. There are rewards for each level of the program completed, with the option to redeem a reward or donate an item, such as a cat toy or dog treats, to the Humane Society. There are a total of 6 possible badges your child can earn this summer. This program is for infants- grade 5 children.

Fortville- Vernon Township Public Library

Starting May 28

This year’s theme at the Fortville- Vernon Township Public Library is Oceans of Possibilities. Earn prizes and badges for every 5 days of reading logged. Teens earn raffle tickets to enter in a raffle for a $100 gift card. Children earn a book when they complete the program, and there are opportunities to complete special activities to snag even more prizes!

Greenwood Public Library

May 16-July 21

The Once Upon a Fairy Tale Summer Challenge is coming to Greenwood Public Library. Participants will earn points for activities they complete, programs they attend, days they read, books completed, weekly challenges, and more! Build up points over the summer to win some fun prizes, such as free books, and also be entered into raffle drawings. This program is open to children of all ages.

Hamilton East Public Library

June 1- July 31

Hamilton East Public Library’s Oceans of Possibilities summer reading program is open to children of all ages. Your reading earns you prizes, entries into gift card drawings, and the opportunity to earn a free book halfway through the program. There are prizes for each age category when you earn 25, 50, 75, and 100 points. Earn your free book when you reach the 50 point badge!

Plainfield- Guilford Township Public Library

May 31-July 15

Head over to the Plainfield Public Library for this year’s summer reading program. The theme is Oceans of Possibilities. Each participant will earn raffle tickets based on the time spent reading. Some of the raffle prizes will include gift cards, experience packages, and more! There are separate prize options for children, teens, and adults, as this program is open to all ages.

Westfield Washington Public Library

June 1- July 31

Westfield’s Oceans of Possibilities summer reading program uses the Beanstack app to track reading. Register online at or through the Beanstack app on your mobile device. Log your hours to earn badges for reading, with the goal to complete 40 hours of reading (or listening!) to books.

Johnson County Public Library

May 16-July 31

Explore Summer at Johnson County Public Library! This year’s program includes fun weekly learning challenges. Register on the Beanstack App, and log 10 hours of reading to earn a finishers prize. For each additional 10 hours of reading completed, you will be entered to win a $25 Barnes & Nobles Gift Card. Children of all ages are invited to participate in this summer reading program.

Shelbyville Public Library

Starting May 31

Oceans of Possibilities is this year’s theme at Shelbyville Public Library. Listen to or read books, log your minutes, and earn badges for prizes for this summer reading program. Registration is available for children of all ages.

Barnes and Noble

Participate in this fun and easy way for kids to earn free books. They simply read a designated number of books – library books, books borrowed from friends or books bought at Barnes & Noble – write about their favorite part in their Reading Journal, and bring a completed Reading Journal to a Barnes & Noble bookstore. Children then choose their free book from options listed on the Reading Journal and collect their free book from a store near them during July and August. This program is available for children is 1st-6th grade.

Pizza Hut

June -August

The BOOK IT! program through Pizza Hut motivates children to read by rewarding their reading accomplishments with praise, recognition and pizza. This is a free reading incentive program for PreK- 6th grade classrooms, parents, and homeschool families. Register through the BOOK IT website.

Looking for more ways to inspire a love of reading in your kids? Check out these Indy area children’s book stores or follow our Indiana Author Trail!

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