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The Louisville Free Public Library’s annual 10-week Summer Reading Program, presented by the Library Foundation, encourages children and teens to read for fun over the summer and helps them avoid summer learning loss. Summer Reading runs June 1 – August 6 and is FREE to all area youth, newborn through 12th grade.

LFPL’s Summer Reading Program and Cultural Pass start June 1 and are FREE to all area youth. You can pre-register now for both programs online or by downloading the Beanstack Tracker app (for iOS or Android). Cultural Passes will be available for pickup June 1st.

How to participate and what are the prizes?

To complete the program, school-aged children simply read ten books, teens read six books, and preschool-aged children and younger need to read, or have read to them, 20 books. Once you read the required number of books and log them online or on a Summer Reading form, stop by any public library location by August 6 and receive these great prizes:

Back pack with a map journal with the Louisville Free Public Library logo

PLUS - every Summer Reading completer will be entered for a chance to win one of these Grand Prizes:

Activate Games • Altitude Trampoline Park • Carmichael’s Bookstore • Celtic Pig • Champs Rollerdome • Fazoli’s • Heartland Music Together • Heine Brothers Coffee • Highview Ice Cream & Coffee • Hip Hop Sweet Shop • Iceland Sports Complex • Khalil’s Restaurant • Kizito Cookies • KMAC Museum • Legacy School of Dance • The Little Loomhouse • Louisville Horse Carriage • Louisville Slugger Museum • Main Event • Malibu Jacks • Mark’s Feed Store • McAlister’s • Mr. C’s Cheesecakes • Muth’s Candies • Okolona Fire Department • Parlour Pizza • Portland Museum • Printed Zine • Safety & Security Store • Shaheen’s • Step-N-Out Dancers • Strike & Spare • The Table • Texas Roadhouse • WW Cousins

1000 books before Kindergarten

Babies, toddlers, and preschool-aged children are also eligible for the Summer Reading Program. Preschool-age children and younger need to read (or have read to them) 20 books to complete the Summer Reading program. Reading to preschool-aged children builds vocabulary, language skills, and helps prepare them with the skills they need for kindergarten.

In as little as 15 minutes a day, families can build the skills for future school and life success. These books also count towards the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Challenge, a Library program that encourages all families and caregivers to read at least 1,000 books with their young children before they enter kindergarten.

Last Updated: 03/29/22