Summer Reading Programs are Heating Up

The temperatures are rising and the school year is coming to an end. Many of the local libraries will be launching their summer reading programs to keep those little minds busy during the off season. Here’s a rundown:

Homewood Public Library – The One World, Many Stories Summer Reading program will begin on Tuesday, June 7 at 10:30 am and run through Tuesday, July 26 at 10:30 am for kids in pre-school through 5th grade. You may register online beginning Sunday, May 15.

Emmet O Neal Library – This year’s theme is “One World, Many Stories.”  Kick-Off: Sunday, May 22 – 1:30 p.m. Fun Run, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Carnival

North Shelby Library – Early Registration begins on May 16th –  Regular Registration for Summer Reading begins Monday, May 23rd – All Day  They are also using the theme “One World, Many Stories.”

Hoover Public Library Read for fun, prizes, and a free book!  For babies through rising 5th graders. “One World, Many Stories”  May 16th – July 15th. Summer reading art contest is going on now until May 20th. Submit your work of art (12 in. x 18 in.) to the Kid Zone.  Sixteen pieces will be selected and displayed along the starred hallway during June and July.

Pelham Public Library – “One World, Many Stories”  Registration begins May 31st

Trussville Public Library – Kick off to their summer reading program will be June 2nd. Join them in the park as they kick of their Summer Reading Program with special guest, Farmer Jason! He will rock out at 10:30am and 1:00pm. Stop by to sign up and have tons of fun!

Gardendale Public Library – “One World, Many Stories” Registration begins May 23rd. Babies to grade 6 and up..

* The Birmingham Public Library (BPL) is excited to launch its 2011 Summer Reading program on June 1 at all 18 BPL locations.

Books A Million –
Children ages 7-12 can take a passport to have an adventure this summer as they join Jack and Annie on their travels around the world. The summer adventure kicks off on May 24th, when children can pick-up their passport at any Books-A-Million’s location or download it at

Children who participate in the program and read six books between May 20 and August 1 will receive a free, exclusive Books-A-Million Magic Tree House tote bag to take on their own summer adventures. Children can also enter the “Passport to Adventure” essay contest by visiting The Grand Prize winner receives their very own custom designed Magic Tree House from Kids Crooked House.

Barnes and Noble –
Read any 8 books and record it in a journal, once the journal is complete and turned in, childre  choose a FREE book from their list. Go HERE to get your journal. Participating locations are the Summit and Patton Creek.

When we come across more listings for summer programs we’ll be sure to update the list, so if you don’t see your library listed, check back here or their website.

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