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2024 Summer Reading Programs | In & Around Cedar Rapids

Discover the joy of summer reading in and around Cedar Rapids! Dive into a world of adventure, imagination, and learning with Summer Reading Programs. From captivating stories to exciting activities, there’s something for everyone. Join us for a season of exploration and fun at your local Cedar Rapids library!

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Marion Public Library

June 1 – July 27

Marion Public Library will offer a variety of complimentary events tailored for children, adolescents, and adults, aiming to foster and bolster a passion for reading and the library. Under the theme “Read, Renew, Repeat,” this year’s initiative encourages individuals of all ages to embrace reading as a means of both learning and pleasure, promoting personal growth and enrichment.

Cedar Rapids Public Library

June 1 – July 27

To complete the Cedar Rapids Public Library summer reading program, you’ll need to read for 600 minutes! Once you complete half of the program requirements you will receive a complimentary book. Children and teenagers have the opportunity to select from a diverse array of popular titles (while supplies last) to take home as their own. Upon finishing the program, you have the opportunity to select a small prize and qualify for participation in the grand prize raffle!

Hiawatha Public Library

May 20

Enroll in the Hiawatha Public Library’s Summer Reading Program tailored for various age groups! From toddlers to teens and adults, there’s something for everyone. Dive into a world of captivating stories, exciting challenges, and fantastic prizes.

Cedar Rapids Kernels

Scorecard must be turned in by August 18

Crafted to motivate students from Pre-K to 5th grade to remain actively involved in their learning beyond the school walls, the reading program provides scorecards for students to access instructions and monitor their reading minutes. Similar to the game of baseball, students embark on a journey around the bases to achieve a home run in the Kernels Summer Reading Program. To sustain excitement and encourage reading, prizes await at each base (milestone) throughout the program!

Barnes and Noble

July 1 – August 31

Click here to print off your summer reading journal! You’ll need to read 8 books, fill out your reading journal in correspondence to those books and then bring your full reading journal to Barnes and Noble to receive your new book! *For grades 1-6

Schroeder Public Library

Dates: TBD

Sign up now for the Schroeder Public Library’s Summer Reading Program and unlock a world of stories, activities, and excitement!

Springville Memorial Library

June 5 – August 7

Join Springville Memorial Library’s summer reading program and enjoy activities every Wednesday at 2:00 pm at the library!

Ely Public Library

June 7

Engaging in summer reading is highly beneficial for young individuals and serves as an excellent opportunity for family bonding. All of Ely Public Library summer reading initiatives are free and accessible to everyone. Join the reading program today and stand a chance to win fantastic prizes!

Cole Public Library

May 16 – July 

Enroll in the Summer Reading Program and get your hands on this year’s exclusive t-shirt! You can collect it either during the Summer Reading Kickoff event or swing by the 1st-floor circulation desk after May 16th. Throughout June and July, each visit to the library earns you an entry slip, which you can drop into the box corresponding to the prize you’re eyeing for the summer’s end. Entry slips are available at the 1st-floor circulation desk. The more you frequent the library, the higher your chances of winning!

Middle and high school readers, here’s your chance to exchange books for books! Register at the kickoff event or visit the circulation desk on the 1st floor to collect your reading log. For every 500 pages you devour, you earn the privilege of picking a title from our specially curated Teen Summer Reading shelf. Each participant can claim up to 10 books.

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