News & Upcoming Events

A summer reading celebration at main library

Kick off Summer Reading with a Magical Celebration!

Join us on Saturday, June 4, from 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. at the Main Library for a magical celebration kicking off the library's "Reading is Magical" Summer Reading program! With free books, games, activities, magic, and more, this family-friendly event is not to be missed. Preschoolers, kids, and teens can also sign up for Summer Reading and the Cultural Pass (more info here).

Don't forget to visit the Harry Potter exhibit in the Bernheim Gallery, and stick around after the event for a screening of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone at 2 p.m.!



Preregister for Summer Reading and the Cultural Pass

Register for Summer Reading and the Cultural Pass

Whether you’re a child learning to read or a parent reading to your little one, books have a magical way of engaging, inspiring, and transforming each of us. That’s why this year’s Summer Reading theme is Reading is Magical!

Presented by the Library Foundation, Summer Reading is a FREE 10-week program that encourages kids and teens to read for fun over the summer and helps them remain on reading level. The Library also offers a Summer Reading program specifically for young children (newborns to preschool) that combines reading together and early-learning activities.

When you register for Summer Reading, you also automatically register for the Mayor’s Cultural Pass, a passport that allows local kids to enjoy many of Louisville’s greatest attractions—such as the Frazier, the Louisville Zoo, the Speed, and more—for free!

Click here to preregister for Summer Reading and the Cultural Pass!



storytimes at the library

The Library has storytimes for a variety of ages at all 18 branches featuring stories, activities, crafts, songs, dancing, and more! Check out our full schedule of storytimes and plan your next adventure today! logo for Libraries is an exciting new online educational resource – designed for children ages 2 – 7+ – that offers more than 3,000 fun learning activities including online books, interactive learning programs, games, puzzles, songs, art activities, and more.  Access to this service is available free at all 18 library locations by clicking here.



LFPL's Share 100 Stories Before 4th Grade

Learn more here.


LFPL's 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Challenge wins award

Big congrats to our Children’s Librarians and others who have been involved in making the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Challenge a success! At the Summit on Government Performance and Innovation on February 12, LFPL won the Breakthrough Guru Team Award for the program.


What is the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Challenge? - click here.



TumbleBooks now available online from the Library

TumbleBooks - Animated eBooks for Kids

TumbleBooks are a new online collection of animated, interactive children’s books you can access through the Library's website from your home computer or at the library. The TumbleBook Library includes popular storybooks with bonus features like animation, sound, and narration. Children can also explore educational videos or play reading-themed games and puzzles.

To access the TumbleBook Library - click here.

To access the Spanish version of the TumbleBook Library - click here.



"Read it Down"

Are overdue fines keeping you from visiting the Library? The Library’s new Read It Down program allows children and teens to reduce library fines just by reading. Participants read or listen to books of their choosing in the library. The more you read, the less you owe. It’s that simple! Visit any branch of the Louisville Free Public Library today and Read It Down!

Have questions about the Read it Down program? Call 574-1620.




Last Updated: 5/26/16