Summer Reading for Children

Children's Summer Reading Program



The Summer Reading Program at the St. Joseph Public Library is open to all children 1 year old to rising 3rd graders.

We have a tween program, for rising 4th – 6th graders. Click here to read about the Tween program.

How do I play?

Start by getting registered. You can pre-register online here, or you can register in person starting on June 10th. Then all you have to do is Start Reading! Your reading log is a BINGO card with 30 squares on it. You will get a prize each time you complete 5 squares. The books, magazines, audiobooks, etc. that you read have to come from ones you’ve checked out of our library. Be sure to turn your BINGO card in by August 3rd at 5:00PM to be eligible for the grand prize drawing.

How do I get the prizes I've earned?

Once you have your BINGO card and you have checked off 5 squares, you’ve completed a session. Then you just have to stop in the Children’s Room and show a staff member your BINGO card. The staff member will stamp your card and you can choose your prize for that session. There are a total of 6 sessions that you can finish for the program.

What Events are you having?

The staff at the library has arranged for some fun and exciting events for you to enjoy this summer—and they’re FREE! They are listed on your BINGO card and posted throughout the library. Or sign up for our monthly email newsletter.

If you have any questions, please call the library at 983-7167 ext. 17.
Hope to see you there!



For Toddlers and Preschoolers


Story Time—   check out our weeky themes

Tuesdays: June 18 - July 23* @ 6:30pm

Sponsored by The Friends of the Library


Wednesdays: June 19 - July 24* @ 10:30am
Sponsored by Johnson Law Office


(* please note - no story time July 2nd and 3rd.)



Garden Games

Following each Story Time  (evening & mornings!)   Outside in the garden —Weather permitting.
  Sponsored by The Friends of the Library and Johnson Law Office



For Children of all ages and Families

Mime Rob Reider — June 18 @ 1:00pm
Sponsored by Honor Credit Union
Whether on stage or strolling through the audience, his mime, juggling, balloon animals and hilarious improvisation will make your afternoon a truly fun experience.


Sarett - Survival of the Fittest: Nature edition — June 25 @ 2:00pm
Sponsored by Anjum and Kim Gillespie                                                
A Sarett Naturalist will bring a variety of indigenous animals to show attendees all the curious ways they’ve modified their bodies to survive.


Our Universe Rocks — July 9 @ 2:00pm
Sponsored by Dr. Brown-Advanced Skin and MOHS Surgery Center
This space-themed Rock and Roll show is a big hit with earthlings of all ages.   Let's dance, clap, twist, and rock, in this fun, interactive, energizing concert. All music and vocals are performed live! A great family event with audience participation and one that is sure to please kids of all ages.


Roz Puppets — July 18 @ 6:30pm
Sponsored by Dr. Brown-Advanced Skin and MOHS Surgery Center
Roz Puppets are reminiscent of Jim Henson’s puppets… colorful, fun, and engaging.   Join us for a hilarious retelling of a classic Aesop Fable as Roz Puppets present: The Boy Who Saw Martians.


Happy Birthday Harry Potter! — July 31 from 3:00pm - 7:00pm (open house)
Sponsored by Keller & Keller and Ray and Liz Darato
You are cordially invited to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry (a.k.a. Maud Preston Palenske Memorial Library) for a celebration of the birth of the   esteemed and beloved young wizard, Harry Potter. This will be an informal “drop-in” afternoon/early evening program with crafts, games, and a scavenger hunt (attendees are encouraged to wear their wizard attire, though it is not required).



Have a 4th-6th grader?   Check out the tween page

How about a 7th-12th grader?   Here's the teen page.