One of our favorite things to do – summertime or not – is read at home. Our family just devoured the I Survived series, switched to a few Beverly Clearly greats and for the summer are headed north with Harry Potter.
It’s also the first year we’ve really noticed all of the incredible summer reading programs – which one should we choose to participate in?
Time will tell but for now, here’s a quick roundup of Summer Reading Programs in Indianapolis that your fam might be interested in.
- The Indianapolis Public Library: Garfield the Cat will headline the Summer Reading Book Bash celebrating the state’s 200th birthday. Kids can earn points to redeem prizes of everything from toys to sports tickets. The program runs June 6 through July 30. More information.
- Carmel Clay Public Library: The Summer Challenge allows kids and adults to pick from a list of nearly 30 activities and track their progress online to earn prizes. The program runs through August 15. Register here.
- Hamilton East Public Library: Summer Under the Stars: Celebrating 200 Summers in Indiana allows kids, teens and adults to win prizes including gift cards, books and more by completing reading requirements. Families are also encouraged to visit unique attractions across Hamilton County. The program runs June 1 through July 31. Register here.
- Westfield Washington Public Library: The Summer Reading Program encourages kids, teens and adults to read throughout the summer and win prizes along the way. It runs June 1 through July 31. Register here.
- Johnson County Public Library: The Summer Learning Program includes daily educational programs on a variety of topics, from beekeeping to coding and even “Harry Potter.” It runs June 6 to July 23. More information.
- Greenwood Public Library: The Summer Reading Olympics uses reading, crafts and trivia to help families explore the countries that will be represented at this summer’s Olympic Games. The programs runs through July 30. Register here.
- For more structure, explore IUPUI’s summer reading programs for 4-year-olds and older. More information.
- Half Price Books’ Feed Your Brain summer program is open to kids from preschool through high school. Participants are asked to log 15 minutes of reading a day in exchange for a $5 Bookworm Bucks reward each month. Their website also includes a number of great printables.
Jeanine Bobenmoyer is an explorer by heart. Her enthusiasm for trying new things drives her family out into the Indianapolis community as often as possible. Her son Hunter may become the next Bo Jackson and daughter Emerson is headed for Broadway or Harvard. Or both.
When Jeanine is not checking out the latest hotspot, she puts on her hat as the Chief Mom Officer for theCityMoms, the largest support and social network for moms in Indianapolis. She guest writes for Hamilton County Tourism, Inc., loves yoga, University of Michigan football, and trail running. She’d also drop everything if Eddie Vedder asked her to join Pearl Jam on tour. Find Jeanine on Twitter and Instagram.