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 19th. 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 12th 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. 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

Tuesdays: June 27 & July 11, 18, 25 @ 6:30pm
        Sponsored by The Friends of the Library


Wednesdays: June 28 & July 12, 19, 26 @ 10:30am
        Sponsored by Lakeland Health


Garden Games

Following each Story Time  (evening & mornings!)   Outside in the garden —Weather permitting.

For Children of all ages and Families

Michigan Night Animals — June 20 @ 2:00pm
Sponsored by The Schalon Foundation
Learn about bats, owls, and other animals that are busy contributing to our ecosystem while we’re  sleeping.

Dancing in the Garden– Jack Adams — June 22 @ 6:30pm
Sponsored by Studio 807
Part of our annual Music in the Garden Series, Jack Adams knows how to rock!  Dancing fun for all ages.

Randy Kaplan — June 28 @ 6:30pm
Sponsored by Honor Credit Union
A singer/songwriter who will entertain with his ‘not-JUST-for-kids’ music.

Inspyral - July 19 @ 6:00pm
Sponsored by The Schalon Foundation
A one-of-a-kind experience of circus family fun.

Your Michigan Backyard with Sarett Nature Center — August 2 @ 2:00pm
Sponsored by Darlene Kiessel
Listen to the traveling naturalist discuss all of the critters that live in your backyard.

Build a Better You — August 8 @ 10:30am
Sponsored by Fully Alive Family Chiropractic
Interactive fun while you learn about your amazing body.


Also, check out our Music in the Garden series!