Discover Your Summer: Read and Win Prizes!

Join the Summer Reading Club 2022 for kids, teens, and adults at Springfield City Library! | All Ages

Summer Reading Challenge: June 21 to August 27, 2022
This summer, join the Discover Your Summer Reading Club to read, get rewards, enter raffles for prizes, and more!
Read at least 20 minutes a day for 30 days during the challenge to win the completion prize! More details below.

LOG YOUR READING: June 21 – August 27, 2022

Log your reading digitally using Beanstack Online or the Beanstack Mobile App!

If you prefer to log your reading on paper, you can pick up your paper reading log at any library location or download and print your own log with the links below.

What Counts As Reading?

Books • Magazines • Graphic Novels, Comics & Manga • Audiobooks • E-books • Online Articles • Gaming Manuals • Cereal Boxes • Street Signs • As a Family • During Storytimes • To Pets and Toys • And more! Check out our Book Lists below to get started!

YOUNG CHILDREN AGES 0-5

  • Reading to a child each day helps them to become a READER!
  • Color a circle in the reading log for each day you read together or log your reading in Beanstack.
  • Complete 10, 20, and 30 days of reading and return your log for a variety of books and prizes.
  • Attend a library program to earn digital Raffle Tickets towards a prize!

KIDS, TEENS, & ADULTS

  • Read every day!
  • Read at least 20 minutes a day, then color or check off a circle on your reading log (or log your reading in Beanstack).
  • Complete 10, 20, and 30 days of reading and return your log for a variety of books and prizes.
  • Write a book review or attend a library program to earn digital Raffle Tickets towards a prize!

BOOK REVIEWS = RAFFLE TICKETS

  • Write a review for each book you have read, and submit it on Beanstack or to a librarian.
  • Earn a digital Raffle Ticket for each review written for a chance to win a prize!

EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

Check out our Discover Your Summer themed events, happening at several library locations throughout the summer!

Sunshine Storytimes at Downtown Farmers Market – July & August

Soak up some sun, get your dancing shoes on, and listen to all sorts of amazing stories at the Springfield Central Downtown Farmer’s Market! | Children

Downtown Farmers Market
Every Friday in July & August | 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM | Children

Soak up some sun, get your dancing shoes on, and listen to all sorts of amazing stories at the Springfield Central Downtown Farmer’s Market! We will have water bottles available to keep everyone hydrated. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen!

The Springfield Central Downtown Farmers Market is located at Tower Square Park (1447 Main Street.) For more information, visit their page.

Writing Fun Fridays

We’ll have a rotating selection of colorful materials for pre-writers and beginning writers including worksheets, stationery, writing prompts, easy mad libs and more! | Sixteen Acres | Children

Sixteen Acres Branch
Every Friday in June, July, & August
1:00-4:30 PM | Ages 2-7

Drop in for some fun Friday learning this summer! We’ll have a rotating selection of colorful materials for pre-writers and beginning writers including worksheets, stationery, writing prompts, easy mad libs and more.

Ideal for ages ages 2-7 with younger and older children welcome. Children 7 and under must be accompanied and consistently supervised by an adult.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Read just one book a day to build a foundation for lifelong success. Prizes awarded for every 100 books! | Children

All Library Locations
Starts January 2022, ongoing

All it takes is sharing one book a day with your child to build a foundation for lifelong success. Start your child’s book journey today! The goal is to have read 1,000 books before your precious one starts kindergarten.

If you read just 1 book a day, you will have read about 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around 5 years of age, you have more time than you think. So, let’s get started!

How to Participate

Read with your child. Studies have shown that reading with your child provides a great opportunity for bonding. Reading together is fun and will create life-long memories for the both of you.

Keep track of the number of books you read with your child. Ask your librarian for a paper log to start on your reading journey.

You may choose instead to log your books online using Beanstack. Visit our Beanstack website or download the app to log your books digitally. You can view Beanstack instructions here or ask a librarian on how to use it.

After each 100 books you read, visit your local Springfield City Library branch to collect your free book prize. After 1000 books, come in and get a tote bag!

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate in this program?
– Any child from birth until they enter kindergarten.

How long does the program take?
– The program will take anywhere from a few months to a few years. The program is self-paced and will depend on how often you read together.

Can we repeat books?
– Yes!

How many of my children can participate?
– All of them (provided they have not started kindergarten). Make it even more fun and read as a family!

Home City Families: Playgroups

Parents and their children are invited to join us for stories, songs, and activities! | Children

Home City Families Playgroup

East Forest Park Branch
Fridays | 1:30-2:30 PM | Ages 1-5

Sixteen Acres Branch
Tuesdays | 1:30-2:30 PM | Ages 1-5 

Parents and their children are invited to join us for stories, songs, and activities!

This playgroup is a great opportunity to meet other parents and give your child the opportunity to socialize with other children their age.

No registration required – just come in!

Home City Families: Gross Motor Playgroup

Mason Square Branch
Wednesdays | 10:30-11:30 AM | Ages 1-5

Calling all parents with young children! We invite you along with your child for a fun filled hour of gross motor fun to develop physical abilities.

This is a great opportunity to meet other parents and give your child the opportunity to socialize with other children their age.

No registration required – just come in!

 

Jump n’ Jam Storytime

Storytime is the perfect way to spend a Saturday! We’ll jump and dance and laugh the morning away—and of course, hear lots of awesome stories! | Central | Children

Central Library – Children’s Room
Saturdays | 10:30-11:10 AM | Children and Families | Register

Storytime is the perfect way to spend a Saturday! We’ll jump and dance and laugh the morning away—and of course, hear lots of awesome stories!

Jump n’ Jam Storytime is geared toward ages 3-5, but all are welcome. Registration is optional, but recommended to get reminded of upcoming storytimes!

Bilingual Storytime

Vengan y participen todos los miércoles del programa bilingue en Inglés y Español: Disfruten de cancioncitas, rimas, cuentos, y actividades manuales. | Brightwood | Children

Brightwood Branch
Wednesdays | 1:30-2:30 PM | Ages 1-5

Come and join us every Wednesday for a bilingual story time in the English and Spanish languages: songs, rhymes, stories, and crafts. Make new friends and enjoy snacks. Ages 1-5.

Vengan y participen todos los miércoles del programa bilingue en Inglés y Español: Disfruten de cancioncitas, rimas, cuentos, y actividades manuales. Compartir con amiguitos y refrescos. Edades 1-5.

 

Circle Time Fun

Join us for songs, rhymes and a story or two at Circle Time Fun. | Sixteen Acres | Children

Sixteen Acres Branch
Thursdays | 10:30-11:00 AM | Ages 0-5

Join us for songs, rhymes and a story or two!

“Circle Time” is not only a fun experience for your child but also a great way to be ready for preschool and kindergarten.

Be sure to browse our extensive collection of children’s books and multimedia before or after the program!

Ages 0-5, older siblings welcome. An adult must accompany and consistently supervise children.

No registration required – just drop in anytime during the program!

Wee Ones Storytime & Playgroup at Central

Join us for storytime featuring books, songs, and playtime for babies and toddlers and caregivers. | Central | Children

Central Library – Children’s Room
Tuesdays | 10:30-11:30 AM | Ages 0-5

Storytime plays an important role in building early literacy and social skills. Join us for an interactive storytime featuring books, songs, and playtime for babies and toddlers with social time for caregivers.