Reading Programs All Year Long

Below are several reading programs you can participate in at home to encourage year-round reading and even earn prizes. Start with the indyPL Summer Reading Program!

You can visit any IndyPL library location to checkout books or you can Read Right Now! by visiting Download and Stream for Kids– free eBooks you can check out with your library card or read from your device at home, no waiting!


Paladium Pals Reading InitiativePaladium Pals Book Club

  • All Year
  • Earn a Free Student Ticket to a show at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel.

World Read Aloud DayWorld Read Aloud Day

  • Feburary 1, 2019
  • Every year World Read Aloud Day calls global attention to the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories.
  • Download Community Packet and en Español

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

  • Check back next summer for the 2019 program.
  • Free online reading program for children.
  • Virtual badges, stories, games, book lists, activities & prizes.

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Reading Program

  • Check back next summer for the 2019 program.
  • Read any 8 books and record them in the Reading Journal (en Español).
  • Bring the completed Reading Journal to your local B&N store.
  • Choose a FREE BOOK.

Feed Your Brain LogoHalf Price Books Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program

  • Check back next summer for the 2019 program.
  • Read for at least 15 minutes each day in the months of June and July.
  • Once you’ve read 300 minutes, turn in your complete log to earn FREE Bookworm Bucks for each month.
  • Printable Reading Log

Book It Summer Reading

  • Check back next summer for the 2019 program.

Chuck E. Cheese Reading RewardsChuck E. Cheese Reading Rewards Calendar

  • Check back next summer for the 2019 program.
  • Print the Reading Rewards calendar, mark it for reading every day for 2 weeks.
  • Take it to a Chuck E. Cheese location to get 10 FREE tokens. Child(ren) must be present to redeem. Only at participating locations. Food purchase is required.
  • Printable Calendar or en Español

Sylvan Book AdventureSylvan Book Adventure

  • Ongoing
  • Read, click, and win with Book Adventure – a free, motivational reading program available to children in grades K-8.
  • Register Now

Book It! Celebrate the Season with Reading 2018 Give Me 20 Fall Reading Challenge

  • Fall 2019 TBA
  • Eight-week challenge. Read to your child/children at least 20 minutes per day, five days per week and you can enter for a chance to win prizes.

Star Wars Reads Month Each October

  • Annually in October
  • Star Wars fans, authors, and artists come together to celebrate reading and Star Wars.

Jump Start Read for the Record

  • October 25, 2018
  • Read for the Record mobilizes millions of children and adults to celebrate literacy by participating in the largest shared reading experience. On this day people across the country united to read a children’s book.

RAA Cat n Hat Logo_Feb 2014Read Across America Day

  • March 2, 2018
  • The National Education Association is building a nation of readers through its signature program, NEA’s Read Across America. Now in its 18th year, this year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources.
  • Take the Read Across America Pledge

World Book Day 2016World Book Day

  • April 23, 2018
  • To help make World Book Day special – and to encourage reading for the rest of the year too – there are a whole range of resources including lesson plans, activity sheets, discussion guides and free eBooks.

Give Me 20Book It! Spring Give Me 20

  • Fall 2018 TBA
  • Eight-week challenge. Read to your child/children at least 20 minutes per day, five days per week and you can enter for a chance to win prizes.

Drop Everything and ReadD.E.A.R. Drop Everything And Read

  • April 12th in honor of Beverly Cleary’s birthday (but can by anytime!)
  •  D.E.A.R. stands for “Drop Everything and Read,” a national month-long celebration of reading designed to remind folks of all ages to make reading a priority activity in their lives. Because, what’s more fun(damental) than reading, really?

Free Comic Book DayFree Comic Book Day

  • May 5, 2018
  • Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book specialty shops across North America (including IndyPL Library Locations!) and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops!

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