2024 Summer Reading Program

    Are you ready to start your reading adventure this summer?  From June 10th to August 10th, babies, kids, teens, and adults are invited to join different reading challenges and earn rewards for reaching summer reading goals. Learn more about our Summer Reading Program below. Registration begins Monday, June 10th.

    …And check back soon to explore the fun, free events and activities we’re hosting throughout the summer!


    PROGRAM OVERVIEW – BY AGE GROUP

    BABIES & TODDLERS (AGES 0-3)

    For the Babies & Toddlers program, participants ages 0-3 (and their grown-ups) are challenged to read 4 times a week for at least 5 weeks between June 10th-August 10th. Fill in a space for each day that you read at least one book to your child and earn stickers for every 4 days of reading you and your child complete. Babies/toddlers will earn a fun reward once the 20-book goal is reached.

    Remember: Only one book per day counts toward your daily reading goal!

    CHILDREN (AGES 4-11)

    For the Children’s Program, participants ages 4-11 are challenged to track their daily reading in increments of 20 minutes per day while working toward a goal of 20 days of summer reading.


    INSTRUCTIONS:

    • For each day that participants ages 4-11 read, or are read to, for 20 (or more) minutes, they can color in a circle on their paper reading log.
    • Participants earn stickers for each day of reading they complete, plus a reward for finishing Day 10 and Day 20.
    • In addition to their Day 20 reward, children ages 4-11 who complete the program will earn a ticket for the end-of-summer drawing.

    Remember: Participants can read more than 20 minutes each day, but only the first 20 minutes count toward the daily reading goal for the Summer Reading Program!

    TEENS (AGES 12-18)

    For the Tween/Teen Program, participants ages 12-17 are invited to pick up a challenge card, where they’ll work towards completing fun library-related challenges that match various categories.


    INSTRUCTIONS:

    • When you sign up for the Tween/Teen program in-person, you’ll receive a paper challenge card; as you complete a challenge you will write down information related to the task.
    • For every 5 challenges completed, teens can earn two small prizes out of a variety box AND an entry to the end-of-summer drawing.
    • The challenge card allows participants to earn up to three (3) total drawing entries. You are limited to ONE challenge card and are not able to earn more than 3 total drawing entries.

    Prizes include:

    • A Fujifilm Instax Mini 7+, one Central Washington State Fair wristband, and library swag (each library location will have one grand prize winner)

    Visit your local library to pick up a challenge card beginning June 10th.

    ADULTS (AGES 18+)

    For the Adult Program, participants are challenged to read five books as recommended by their mystery scratch-off book card. They can push themselves to read one of each category, read all five books in the same category, or mix and match to their taste. There are 4 different scratch cards available.


    INSTRUCTIONS:

    • Scratch off the gold circles on the front of the card to reveal the book genres.
    • Read five books and write down the titles on the back of the card.
    • Return to the completed form to any Yakima Valley Libraries location by August 10th and automatically win a small prize. You will be entered into a drawing to win one of three grand prize baskets at the end of the Summer Reading Program.

    Prizes include:

    • Reading Basket (a Kindle and Amazon gift card)
    • Gardening Basket (a gardening tool set and seeds)
    • Adventure Basket (a national state park pass and a hydration backpack)

    Visit your local library to pick up a mystery scratch-off book card beginning June 10th.

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