Summer Reading Events around Birmingham

Keep the kiddos reading this summer with some of these fun programs offered at Birmingham Area Libraries!

Summer Reading in Birmingham

Birmingham Public Library

Got a Minute? READ! Birmingham Public Library is changing the way we record summer learning participation for the 2018 program. Rather than counting the number of books read, BPL will now record time read. Counting time spent reading, or being read to, rather than the number of books read or heard puts the emphasis on the act of reading. It equalizes the amount of effort required by participants with varying reading abilities. By counting time, all readers are rewarded equally for their efforts.  Libraries Rock! with all ages invited to participate in fun and learning. Through books, activities, and guest presenters, participants will discover new ways of looking at the world around them. Prizes will be awarded at each of the Birmingham Public Library’s 19 locations.

Visit their site for more details

Albert Scott Library, Alabaster

Summer Challenge! Libraries Rock! Kids of all ages can take part in the Summer reading challenge that kicks off May 30th. Read library books to earn prizes and a certificate for their accomplishments.
To learn more or to Register your child you can visit their website. Online Registration begins May 21st

Emmet O’Neal Library

Sunday, May 20th
Fun Run 3:00
Carnival 3:30
All Ages

Summer Reading Kick of Carnival, 40+ Games, Train Rides, Free Popcorn and Cotton Candy
MB Fire Truck! Bring Your Towel!

$25 Play All Day Combo Band Available Online (Coming Soon)
Individual Tickets Available Day Of

Homewood Public Library

Reading Rocks Beanstack Summer Reading, Starting June 3, earn prizes after each of these reading benchmarks: 100, 300, 500 and 1000 pages. Read at least 50 pages each week to enter our weekly drawing and get a weekly coupon. Check out materials from the children’s department and earn chances to win a bike from Cahaba Cycles or another prize in our grand prize drawing on July 31.

Go to and sign up for our summer reading program. Pick up your summer reading bag at the children’s desk between May 21 and July 31. For ages birth to rising 6th Grade!

Hoover Public Library

Hey kids! Are you ready for Summer Reading? Celebrate with us at our annual Summer Reading Kickoff event is THIS FRIDAY, May 18th from 7-9. It’s going to be an evening full of music, from Disco to Rock N’ Roll to Country, with something for all ages to enjoy!

Mt Laurel Library

Mt Laurel Library will have all kinds of great programs and activities in June and July – magicians, crafts, science, and more! The full calendar will be available mid-May. Registration will run May 21 through July 13 with a special prize for children registering before June 1. Online book logging for children begins when you register and ends July 20. There are also summer reading programs for adults and teens. Check the library’s website,, for more information beginning May 15th.

North Shelby Library

Summer Reading is here! Help us celebrate with bouncy houses (one for older kids and one for little ones, and library dollar Money Grabber machine, plus refreshments, games, face painting, and more! All ages welcome. No Registration Required.

June 2nd, 10am – 1pm

Pelham Library

Join us for the Children’s Summer Reading Kickoff featuring Red Mountain Theatre Company’s Beauty & the Beast from 2 – 4 PM.
Join Belle for a story and songs, and meet Belle for photos afterwards!
Please call 620-6465 for additional information.

Pre-Registration for children’s summer reading begins at 9 AM.
Please call 620-6465 for additional information.



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