Summer Reading in Birmingham

Summer Reading is a great way to help prevent that dreaded Summer Slide. On average, students’ achievement scores decline over summer vacation by one month’s worth of school-year learning, keeping them reading can help keep them on track and luckily, our local libraries have a lot of great programs designed to keep your kiddos excited about reading!

This summer, the theme is A Universe of Stories, here’s where to find the kick off parties and get your kiddos registered! Make sure to follow our full events calendar for a complete list of weekly events and story times!

Summer Reading in Birmingham

Emmet O’Neil Library Summer Reading Kick Off Carnival

Over 45 games, train rides, and free popcorn available. Individual tickets are 50 cents, and most booths require 1-4 tickets. Purchase of a Combo Band includes the Fun Run, a t-shirt for the first 300 to register, all booth games, 1 ice cream, 1 pucker powder, 1 drink, and 1 try at the “claw” machine.

Combo Bands available for purchase starting May 1 at 9:00 a.m.

Sunday, May 19th at 3:30pm (fun Run at 3pm)

Gardendale Public Library Summer Reading Kick Off Field Day

Summer Kick-Off is on May 31st! Come down to the Gardendale Civic Center to join us! For more information on events and timing, check the library website.

Homewood Public Library Kick Off Summer Reading with Gutsy the Flying Fox

Starting May 20th sign up for the summer reading program at or on the Beanstack app and pick up a special tote bag.

(Birth-6 Grade) Join us for a night of family fun to see the amazing tricks of Gutsy the Flying Fox, sign up for summer reading and celebrate the start of summer!

Thursday May, 30th at 6:30pm

Mt Laurel Library Summer Reading Kick Off

Inflatables, Refreshments, Face Painting, and MORE! All Ages Welcome. No Registration Required.

Saturday, June 1st from 6pm – 7:30pm

North Shelby Library Summer Reading Kick Off

Come have some fun and register for our summer reading program! We will have bouncy houses (one for older kids and one for little ones), a library dollar Money Grabber machine, plus refreshments, games, face painting, and more!

Saturday, June 1st from 10am – 1pm

Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest Summer Reading Kick Off with Roger Day

Jump start our Summer Reading Program with a concert by Roger Day! Free Kona Ice after the morning show. Sign up for Summer Reading also! All ages welcome!

Thursday, May 30th 10:30am and 6:30pm

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