2021 Summer Reading Program

    Explore Tails and Tales with Yakima Valley Libraries this summer!

    From June 14th – August 14th, we’re challenging kids and teens to track your reading and earn rewards for reaching reading goals.

    Registration begins on June 14.

    Visit your community library to sign up OR see below for online registration options.

    For the Children’s Program, participants ages 0-11 are challenged to track their daily reading in increments of 25 minutes per day, while working toward a goal of 20 days (or 500 minutes) of summer reading.

    • For each day that participants read, or are read to, for 25+ minutes, they can color in a circle on their paper reading log OR log reading minutes digitally, using our ReadSquared website.    
    • Participants earn a reward for Day 7 and Day 14 of reading, plus a readers’ reward pack for completing the program by reading for a total of 20 days (500 minutes).
    • Reading Rewards will NOT be distributed until July 14.

    Remember: Participants can read more than 25 minutes each day, but only the first 25 minutes count toward the daily reading goal!



    Please only register for ONE of the options below (i.e., if you sign up in-person, please do not also register for the online version of the program)

    • Option 1 – Paper Reading Log:
        • To track your/your child’s summer reading using a paper reading log, visit your community library to register for the Summer Reading Program in-person


    • Option 2 – Online Reading Log: If you prefer to track your child’s summer reading progress online using a digital reading platform, click here to register through our READsquared site. 

    For the Tween/Teen Program, participants ages 12-18 are challenged to complete a game of book BINGO by reading 5 books that match different themes/categories included on the teen Book BINGO game card.


    • When you sign up for the Tween/Teen program in-person, you’ll receive a paper Book BINGO card like the one below.
    • Your goal is to read (or listen to) at least 5 books that match five different categories on your BINGO card, and work your way toward a BINGO (i.e., a filled in line horizontally, vertically, or diagonally).

    • As you complete a category/square, check it off and write the title and author in the designated square.
    • Once you’ve earned a BINGO, you can bring your Book BINGO card to your community library AFTER July 14, 2021 to collect your readers’ reward pack.
    • PLUS! Finishing the Tween/Teen program will earn you an entry into a raffle for a $10, $20, or $40 Amazon gift card!


    • Option 1 – Paper BINGO Card: Beginning June 14, visit your community library to sign up in person OR use the form, below, to have a printable Book BINGO game card emailed to you.

    • Option 2 – Online Book BINGO: If you prefer to complete your Book BINGO card online using our digital reading platform, click here to register via YVL’s READsquared site.

    Our 2021 Summer Reading Scavenger Hunts will challenge you to explore cool area attractions located throughout the Yakima Valley! Each completed scavenger hunt earns one (1) entry into a raffle for different Family Fun packs!


    1. For each location, print ONE scavenger hunt per family (or pick one up from your community library) and complete the included tasks.
    2. When you’re done, return the scavenger hunt sheet(s) to your community library and receive a raffle ticket for an entry to win one of several family admission packs to area museums/attractions.


    • Completed scavenger hunts MUST be turned in to a community library no later than Saturday, August 14.
    • Limit one (1) entry per family for each completed scavenger hunt.
    • Winners will be announced in early September 2021.

    Printable Scavenger Hunts – English:

    Seattle Aquarium – Explore activities, coloring sheets, educational animal videos, lesson plans, games and more via the Seattle Aquarium website!

    Woodland Park Zoo – Discover a ton of the cool animals and creatures that live at the Zoo’s “Zoo to You” page! Featured resources include printable activity packs, coloring sheets, and educator resources.