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Until third grade, children are learning to read. After that, they are reading to learn…and the more they enjoy reading, the easier it will be for them to learn throughout their entire lives. Studies have shown that children who participate in public library summer reading programs increase their enjoyment of reading, improve their reading skills, and return to school better prepared to learn. The Louisville Free Public Library’s annual 10-week program engages children from birth through their teen years in the joy of reading and helps young readers avoid the Summer Slide!

LFPL’s Summer Reading Program is FREE to all area youth, birth - 12th grade. You can register and log books -

To complete the program, simply read the designated number of books:

Everyone who completes the program will receive a throwback backpack, and free passes to local attractions, including: Kentucky Science Center, Frazier History Museum, Locust Grove, Rauch Planetarium, Squire Boone Caverns, Hwang’s Martial Arts, and Louisville Bats game, as well as sweet treats from Ehrler’s Ice Cream, Fazoli’s Lemon Ice, and an ice cream cone at participating McDonald’s. Plus, every completer is automatically entered for a chance to win one of our Grand Prize giveaways.

While you’re registering, sign up for the 2020 Virtual Cultural Pass and earn activity badges that take you on a virtual trip to arts and culture venues for FREE!




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: 5/11/20