2019 Summer Reading Programs

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Summer is almost here!  Which means it is time for summer reading programs! Libraries all over the area offer reading reward programs for kids and adults in some areas. All you need is a library card – which is FREE in your home county.

The largest library system in the area is Nashville Public Library. The library recently changed the non-resident policy and you can now get a library card for free even if you do not live in Davidson County. There is a $10 annual charge if you want access to the library’s digital collection (e-books, audio books).

Local Summer Reading Programs

Register with your local library to participate. Some libraries even have programs specifically for teens and adults. Not sure where your closest library is located? Use the Secretary of State’s Tennessee Public Library Directory.

Davidson County

Nashville Summer Reading Program – The summer reading challenge kicks off May 6th and runs through August 21, 2019. Earn points by completing activities and then cash you points in for prizes including tickets to area attractions, and entries into a grand prize drawing!

Rutherford County

Linebaugh Library System – This year’s theme is “A Universe of Stories” and starts May 22, 2019 and runs through July 19. 

Sumner County

Gallatin Library – Imaginacon is back and it is the kick off to this year’s summer reading program. Join in the fun on June 1, 2019 from 10 AM to 4 PM. You can also sign up for the summer reading program at the event. 

Hendersonville Library –  Join the library for a “Universe of Stories” this summer! The library will host lots of free extraordinary events and programs, allowing everyone to participate in fun reading and learning activities.  – Get more details on the library’s website (hendersonvillelibrary.org)

Williamson County

This summer’s reading program theme is “A Universe of Stories.” Sign up for the summer reading program begins May 18, 2019 – get more details on the library’s calendar. Different branches have different events occurring on May 18th. The teen reading program starts on May 30th. 

Wilson County

Mt Juliet Library – Summer reading sign up begins May 14, 2019. Come learn “A Universe of Stories.”

Lebanon Library – Summer reading sign ups begin on May 28th and continue through June.

Need some ideas of what to read? Check out this great printable scavenger hunt to help your child find new books!

National Summer Reading Programs

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library – Register your child at birth and a new book will be mailed to you home every month until your child turns 5 years old.

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge – Sign up for FREE and log the minutes your child reads starting May 6, 2019 to win prizes for both home and your child’s school.

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading – Read 8 Books and earn a FREE book from B&N. Begins May 7, 2019.

Books a Million (BAM) Summer Reading – 2019 Information coming soon

Chuck E. Cheese – Read daily for 2 weeks, fill out this printable chart (click HERE for English and HERE for Spanish) and bring it to a Chuck E. Cheese to exchange for 10 tokens.

Pizza Hut’s Book It Program – Reading rewards programs for both home and school. Parents can get resources and enroll HERE.

Junie B. Jones Kids Club – Is your child a fan of the Junie B. Jones series? Sign them up for the Kids’ Club and receive FREE newsletters, printables, games and more!

Pottery Barn Kids – PBK has a weekly story time and if you become a book club member and attend 5 story times you get a prize.

Reading Camp at Home – Host your own summer reading camp with 10 weeks of themed plans.

Set up your own Reading Rewards System – use this FREE website to set up your own Reading Program at home.

Sync Audio Book Summer Program – Sync is just for teens and offers free audio books geared at kids 13 and above. The program starts on April 25, 2019 and the books change weekly.

Lauren Breeze

Lauren is a transplant from Texas and has become a local tourist exploring the area with her two children. She loves to discover new places in Nashville to share with others.

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