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.

Earn Books at Half Price Books

Create Incentives for Reading and Learning

Half Price Books Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program
June 1-July 31, 2019

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 awards kids in June and July for reading 15 minutes each day. Fill out the summer reading log and turn it in to your local Half Price Books store and your kids can earn a $5 Bookworm Buck during June and another $5 in July (must be redeemed on or before August 29, 2019).

Indianapolis and Surrounding Area Libraries

Indianapolis Public Library Summer Reading Program

“Keepin’ it 100” Celebrating 100 Years 1919-2019
June 3-July 27, 2019

The Indianapolis Public Library is celebrating 100 years of summer reading programs! To commemorate the occasion, everything is themed “100”. Prizes are earn every 100 points and they have compiled the IndyPL’s favorite 100 kids or teens book list. There is also an adult summer reading program for the grown-ups. Register  beginning June 3 at any library branch, bookmobile, or central library.

Avon-Washington Township Library

A Universe of Stories
May 27-July 19, 2019

Avon Public Library offers four 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 and Professor Steve’s Space and Flight Show. To learn more and register, visit the Avon-Washington Township Library Website.

Bartholomew County Public Library

A Universe of Stories
May 20-July 27, 2019

The theme celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing. All ages are invited to complete bingo-style cards for prizes. Summer Celebration is June 3 in Columbus and June 5 in Hope. Sign up at Main, Hope Branch Library, or the Bookmobile.

Brownsburg Public Library

A Universe of Stories
June 3-July 14, 2019

This annual event features fun programming for the whole family in addition to the summer reading program. This program is for ages 0-19. To register, visit the library beginning May 20 (early registration).

Carmel Clay Public Library

2019 Summer Challenge for Children, Teens, & Adults
May 30-August 14, 2019

A program for all ages! 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

A Universe of Stories
Begins May 29, 2019

Danville Center Township Public Library summer reading kickoff includes kids’ games, refreshments and fun! Come sign up for the summer reading program and learn about the many fun activities taking place this summer at the library. Call 317 745 2604 for additional information.

Fortville-Vernon Township Public Library

A Universe of Stories!
June 1-July 20, 2019

All ages can earn prizes for books read June 1-July 20. Come to the Astronaut Training Camp Kick Off Party Saturday, June 1 from 1-3. Find more details about other summer programs at

Greenwood Public Library

A Universe of Stories
May 13-July 27, 2019

Greenwood Public Library has planned an OUT OF THIS WORLD summer for the whole family!  Enjoy awesome programs for kids, teens and adults, and earn incentives and raffle tickets by reading all summer long,

Hamilton East Public Library

A Universe of Stories
June 1-July 31, 2019

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

A Universe of Stories
June 1-August 1, 2019

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.

Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library (Zionsville)

A Universe of Stories
May 28-July 27, 2019

Summer Reading is a simple way for individuals and families throughout the Zionsville area to read and get rewarded. It’s easy to get started with Beanstack, a convenient online reading program and book recommendation service. Click here to learn more and sign up.

Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library

A Universe of Stories
May 28-July 20, 2019

This year, Summer Reading Club coincides with NASA’s 60 years of achievement and the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing. Children of all ages can experience special programing and have a chance to win prizes for reading. Register online at or by visiting the Main Information Desk, or the information desks in the Children’s Room or Teen Central.

Westfield Washington Public Library

A Universe of Stories
June 1-July 31, 2019

The Westfiled Washinton 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 Universe of Stories
May 21-July 12, 2019

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

Summer Reading at the Library
Beginning June 3, 2019

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. To sign up, 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.

Toodleydoo Toys

Toodleydoo Toys is hosting a book club for kids featuring the book PAX, by Sara Pennypacker. This event is suitable for readers 8-12 years old and costs $10 for the book and activity supplies. Please register visiting the store or calling (317) 346-7529.


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)

Six Flags

Read to Succeed is an exciting program that encourages students in grades K through 6 to read for fun. Students who complete six hours of recreational reading earn a free ticket to Six Flags! The program is available to teachers and schools at no cost to participate, and it’s a great way to motivate kids to read.

Summer Reading Programs

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