Indianapolis area summer reading programs

Indianapolis Area Summer Reading Programs

Summer Reading Programs

As the school year begins to wind down, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about summer reading goals. To give your kids that little extra incentive, we’ve put together a list of reading programs around the city, with a few extra online opportunities.

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Half Price Books Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program
June 1-July 31, 2021

Set goals for your kid’s summer reading or learning and then create an award system. The Half Price Books Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program is all virtual this year.  It awards kids in June and July for reading 15 minutes each day with a $5 gift certificate at the end of each month. Fill out the summer reading log online and your kids can earn a $5 Bookworm Buck during June and another $5 in July (must be redeemed on or before August 29, 2021). There are also weekly Summer reading activities and a Summer reading giveaway to check out!

Indianapolis and Surrounding Area Libraries

Indianapolis Public Library Summer Reading Program

June 7-July 31, 2021

This year’s Indianapolis Public Library Summer reading program is all about discovering the world around you through literature. Prizes can be earned at the 1 hour, 5 hour, 10 hour, 15 hour, and 20 hour reading marks, with options for additional prizes when you complete Summer activities. There is also an adult summer reading program for the grown-ups. Register online, through the Beanstack tracker app, or in- person beginning June 7 at any library branch, bookmobile, or central library.

Avon-Washington Township Library

Tails & Tales
June 1-July 23, 2021

Avon Public Library offers five different reading “clubs” for different age groups. Not only can children and adults earn prizes, they also have such programming at a StoryWalk Read-A-Long, in-person preschool storytime, and six weeks of Monday-Friday virtual activities called “Page Turner Adventures.” To learn more and register, visit the Avon-Washington Township Library Website.

Bartholomew County Public Library

Tails & Tales
June 1-July 24, 2021

Track your reading with two options, by the minute or by the book, to earn points to put toward weekly or end-of-Summer prizes.  For every twenty minutes of reading you log, you can earn twenty points.  Once you have logged enough points, you will receive a notification of your available prize.  All ages are invited to complete bingo-style cards for prizes in-person or log activities online.

Brownsburg Public Library

Tails & Tales
June 7-July 18, 2021

For this program, you need to spend a total of 60 minutes a week reading or doing literacy activities through the library, for the chance to earn raffle tickets and prizes. This annual event features fun programming for the whole family, in addition to the summer reading program. This program is for ages 0-19. Register online, or download the Beanstack app for a convenient option to register and track your Summer reading.  Be sure to check out their Foam Party, after the Summer Reading Program wraps up!

Carmel Clay Public Library

Tails & Tails
June 1-July 31, 2021

A program for all ages, including early literacy, youth, teen, and adult options. Earn badges by reading and completing activities. Use those badges on prizes and earn a free book if you complete the program. You can register individuals or families online, beginning May 30.

Danville Center Township Public Library

Tails & Tales
June 1-July 17, 2021

Read for some extra fun, since you will earn incentives and prizes along the way!  Tracking your reading online will give you the chance to earn badges, which came be redeemed for books or prizes.  Check out their events calendar to register for upcoming programs and to check out the weekly themes.

Fortville-Vernon Township Public Library

Tails & Tales
Registration opens June 12, 2021

All ages can earn prizes for books, with registration opening June 12th. Check out Science with Professor Steve and Silly Safaris as part of the Summer reading program on the events calendar! Find more details about other summer programs at

Greenwood Public Library

Adventures in Reading
June 1-July 31,2021

Greenwood Public Library has planned an awesome Summer planned out for the whole family!  In addition to their main Summer program, they are also offering a Summer Adventure Scavenger Hunt.  Enjoy awesome programs for kids, teens and adults, and earn incentives and raffle tickets by reading all summer long,

Hamilton East Public Library

Tails & Tales
June 1-July 31, 2021

Babies, kids, teens, and adults can all participate! Win prizes by completing reading requirements for your category. On June 1, join the library for a special kick-off event featuring Mr. Dan at 10 am and many outer space-themed activities! You can register individuals or families online, beginning June 1.

Hancock County Library

Tails & Tales
June 1-August 1, 2021

Children, teens, and adults can participate by logging their reading time this summer! Kids can earn prizes for as little as one hour of reading and a grand prize entry for every 20 minutes of reading this summer. Register online, beginning June 1.

Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library

Tails & Tales
June 1-July 13, 2021

This year’s Summer reading program at will be all virtual, and any reading material counts!  In addition to the regular Summer Reading Program, they are offering a program called Beyond Summer Reading after you complete all the requirements for the program.  Register online.

Westfield Washington Public Library

Tails & Tales
June 1-July 31, 2021

The Westfield Washington Public Library will be offering all sorts of special programs and events to coincide with this summer’s reading program. Kids of all ages will have a chance to win  prizes for sign up, mid-level and completion. Registration will be available on online starting June 1.

Johnson County Public Libraries

A Tails & Tails
June 5-July 31, 2021

Celebrate space exploration with the summer reading program at Johnson County Public Libraries! Kids of all ages can pick up a free book from their branch while supplies last. You can also pick up your Summer Reading log to track your summer reads, or print one online.

Shelby County Public Libraries

Tails & Tales
June 7- July 17, 2021

Read ten hours, attend two library programs, check out materials twice, and turn in one book recommendation to earn prizes! There is a top-reader prize for each age group and age-appropriate programming all summer long. Sign up online or visit any branch circulation desk.

Other Reading Incentive Programs


Students, 12 & under, who excel in academics (or other areas determined by their teachers) receive an “A” is for Applebee’s award card which can be redeemed for a FREE meal from the Kid’s Menu. Card must be completely filled out by the teacher.

Chuck E Cheese

Kids will have a great time working towards success while earning Chuck E. Cheese rewards along the way. Simply track progress on these printable incentive charts by marking the days off with a pen or sticker as your kids accomplish their goals, then bring in a completed calendar or behavior chart to Chuck E. Cheese’s and receive 10 free play points or tokens as a reward.

Pizza Hut

BOOK IT! motivates children to read by rewarding their reading accomplishments with praise, recognition and pizza. The program runs October 1 through March 31 each year. Available for educators and homeschoolers. There are also Virtual Summer Camps available through the BOOK IT! program, too!


Every year, Chipotle Reading Rewards donates to schools and libraries, rewarding book smarts with delicious food crafted from real, whole ingredients. Chipotle Reading Rewards are special bookmarks that include FREE Kid’s Meal cards (for grades K-5) or Buy-One/Get-One FREE entrée cards (for grades 6+). The application window for Reading Rewards is January 3rd-February 28th.

Jason’s Deli

Reward students for good grades, good efforts or good deeds through the Kid Cash program. Children ages 1-12 can be Kid Cash recipients. Just complete their form online and the local sales manager will contact you. (located downtown Indy)

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