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Summer Reading Programs

Can't remember how much you need to read?

Have you forgotten how much you need to read to complete your summer reading and earn those great prizes? Never fear! We have compiled the information for each age group right here. Remember, all reading logs need to be turned in by 5 p.m. Sunday, July 28, to be eligible for prizes.

Birth to age 3: There are 22 activities that the child will complete with an adult. Many of these activities may be things you already do with your child (making animal noises together—so much fun and BOOM! one activity completed!).

Age 4 to entering 5th grade: Read (or be read to) for 12 hours. Mark a circle on your reading log for every  15 minutes of reading you complete.

Teens (entering 6th grade to entering 12th grade): Read for 12 hours. Write the title of each book you read on your log.

Tons of fun for all ages

For a complete calendar of events, please scroll down the page.

If you are looking for great, free activities to do with your family to stay busy during the summer, fun is as close as the Derby Public Library. The summer reading program at the library offers so much more than just books.

This summer’s Incredible Intergalactic Performers give kids an opportunity to engage in educational adventures through drumming, singing, magic and comedy with performers such as Drum Safari, Sugar Free Allstars, and Paul Mesner Puppets. Performances are free and open to the public.

Astronaut Training Day and Star Wars Party for kids entering kindergarten through fifth grade feature STEAM —science, technology, engineering, art and math — activities. Fort Hays University will be bringing their digital planetarium for school-age kids to learn about and enjoy the cosmos from the comfort of the library. Mad Science will teach us about living and working in space and with their Walking on the Moon show.

Tweens can have an escape room adventure and can participate in DPL's very first KidsCon with comics, trivia, gaming, and more. Teens can make a movie from idea to red-carpet premiere, take part in an out-of-this-world murder mystery party, or write a story in the Voyager's Writing Challenge.

Everyone birth to age 18 who signs up for the summer reading program and completes their reading logs will receive a prize package that includes a pass to Rock River Rapids, a coupon good for three games of bowling, a child's admission pass to Exploration Place, a book and more.

Registration for the summer reading program begins at 9 a.m. May 28. Participants can sign up in person at the library or online. Those who sign up online will need to come into the library to pick up a reading log.

To see printable versions of the summer reading brochures, click the buttons below.

Ready to sign up?

Registration will open May 28! Remember, you'll need to come into the library to pick up reading logs.

Summer reading program calendar