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Summer Reading and Cultural Pass starts June 1st!

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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 3 and is FREE to all area youth, newborn through 12th grade.

LFPL’s Summer Reading Program and Cultural Pass starts June 1st and are FREE to all area youth.

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Summer Reading & Cultural Pass Kickoff

Balloons in the background with Summer Reading and Cultural Pass Kickoff

Saturday, June 1, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Main Library (301 York Street)

Come kick-off this year's Summer Reading and Cultural Pass program with a day full of fun, hands-on activities throughout the Library and grounds, and live performances from our Cultural Pass friends!

Explore this year's Summer Reading theme "A Universe of Stories" with space exploration stations, a scavenger hunt, and fun crafts.

Enjoy live performances from Louisville Leopards, Louisville Zoo, and Ambo Dance and meet our Cultural Pass partners to hear all about their summer offerings!


How to participate and what are the prizes?

To complete the program:

  • School-aged children (K-5th grade) read 10 books.
  • Preschool aged and younger children (newborn-PK) read, or have read to them 20 books.
  • Teens (6-12th grade) read 6 books.

Once you read the required number of book and logged them online or on a Summer Reading form, stop by any public library location by August 3 to receive these great prizes:

All kids who complete summer reading will also be entered to win grand prizes from Carmichael's Bookstore, Heartland Music, Kentucky Kingdom, Kentucky Science Center, KMAC, Little Loomhouse, Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, Texas Roadhouse, and YMCA. Drawing take place at the end of Summer Reading. 


Teen Summer Reading Challenge

Teens ages 12-19 only need to read 6 books to complete Summer Reading. Read and log your books between June 1 – August 3rd to earn your organizer pouch, along with sweet treats and passes to area attractions.

All teens who complete summer reading will also have a chance to win a Nintendo Switch or Shokz Bone Conduction Sport Headphones in the teens only Grand Prize Drawing.



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.

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. In as little as 15 minutes a day, families can build the skills for future school and life success.