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Kids Summer Reading Program

Camp Read S'More Summer Reading Program at the Indianapolis Public Library

Pack your bags and take your imagination to Camp Read S'more! Explore great stories and earn prizes for reading!

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How It Works

Read!

Track the time you spend reading, listening to audiobooks, reading aloud to someone, or having someone read to you. Use the Beanstack app or the attached paper tracker to measure your progress. Read any book, graphic novel, magazine, e-book, or newspaper you want! What you read is up to you. Read items from home, borrow from a friend, or borrow from the Library!

Earn Prizes!

Prizes are earned at 1 hour, 5 hours, 10 hours, 15 hours, and 20 hours of reading – plus earn a bonus prize when you complete seven DISCOVER activities. Prizes can be redeemed at any IndyPL location. Go to your library, show your progress, and choose your prize!

Want to reach the full 20 hours? 20 minutes a day can get you there!

PRIZES:

  • 1 hour: Snack OR Stacking Pencil
  • 5 hours: Snack OR Notepad OR Kazoo
  • 10 hours: Bandana and Book OR Indians Ticket OR Pizza Coupon
  • 15 hours: Jump Rope OR Knitted Kick Ball OR Glow-in-the-Dark Stars OR Water Bottle
  • 20 hours: Book and Eiteljorg Pass OR Haunted House Pass OR Snapology Pass
  • Bonus Prize: Drawstring Bag OR Card Game OR Dragon Glider

Camp Rules

  • First day to log reading time – Monday, June 6, 2022
  • Last day to log reading time – Saturday, July 30, 2022
  • Last day to pick up prizes – Saturday, August 6, 2022
  • Prize quantities are limited and prizes are subject to change.
  • Minutes are not transferable between individuals and a maximum of 20 hours will be awarded to each participant.

Save the Date

Join us for Library Night at Victory Field, Friday, July 22 - stick around after the final out to enjoy spectacular fireworks immediately following the game. This event is presented by The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. Remember, at 10 reading hours you can choose an Indians ticket as a prize!

How to Register and Track Your Reading

Beanstack App Icon

There are three ways to register and track reading time. Choose which one is most convenient for you!

1. On the Beanstack app Search for “Beanstack” in the App Store or Google Play Store and follow the instructions to create an account for yourself or your family.

2. On the web In your browser, visit indypl.beanstack.org to create an account for yourself or your family.

  • Participants over 13, or caregivers can create accounts to track minutes and activities.
  • If you already have a Beanstack account, you need only enroll in "Summer Reading 2022" with IndyPL.
  • Need help? Our staff can help get you registered and track progress online or in the app.
Summer Reading Tracking Sheet

3. In-person/On paper Visit or call any IndyPL location to register with a staff member. Pick up a paper tracking sheet at a branch or print one in English or Spanish.

Survey

Your feedback helps to ensure our Kids Summer Reading Program is meeting the needs of the Indianapolis community. Please take a few minutes to answer a few questions on our survey. Thank you!

Group Registration

If you are a local summer camp, daycare, or school that wants to participate in Summer Reading, you can register as a group. Please contact any IndyPL location for details.


Summer Reading Workshops

Invitation to join us at summer reading workshops for kids.

Animal Meet and Greets with Silly Safaris
All ages | Schedule
Meet up to three animals at these casual drop-in sessions presented by Silly Safaris. Ask your question and take a picture with the critters. No registration is required.

Animal Shows with Silly Safaris
All ages | Schedule
Go on a wild adventure with Silly Safaris in this sit-down 45-minute live animal show! You’ll have the chance to see animals up close and ask questions. No registration is required.

Campfire Obstacle Course with JumpBunch
30-minutes | For ages 6-10 | Schedule and Registration
Before you reach Camp Read S’more, you will conquer obstacles! As you journey through the woods, you’ll need to avoid bears, save marshmallows, and close the cabin door tight to cozy-up and read! Inspire movement, exercise, problem-solving and strengthen fine motor skills with each JumpBunch challenge. For the safest and most successful experience with the course, wear sneakers!

Constellations with Snapology
1 hour | Ages 6 and up | Schedule and Registration
Join Snapology on a stargazing adventure! Learn about the night sky, how astronomers tell stars apart, and how stars aid in navigation and inspire storytelling. Kids will build their own LEGO constellation complete with a complementary story.

Garden Buddies with Mr. Tony
1 hour | Ages 6 and up | Schedule and Registration
Add some character to your growing garden this summer with the help of Mr. Tony! Use found objects to create your own Garden Buddy to take home and display in your yard.

Reading S'more: Camp Tales with Portia Jackson
45-minutes | All ages | Schedule and Registration
Join storyteller Portia Jackson as she shares stories of growing up camping throughout Indiana – highlighting native birds, trees, and plants. Weaving in the elements of good storytelling, children will learn how to reflect on their own explorations through nature, visualize and act out their own experiences, and effectively tell their own stories.

Spooky Campfire Stories
45-minutes | All ages | Schedule and Registration
Nothing like spooky stories around a campfire! Come listen to Indiana storytellers share stories about goblins, ghosts, and other creepy creatures to give you a little scare. You'll be sitting on the edge of your seat, wanting to hear s'more! Stories are appropriate for all ages.

Story Adventures with React
1 hour | Ages 6 and up | Schedule and Registration
Kids with a big imagination are ready for Story Adventures! With React instructors, children will act-out familiar fairytales and be in the middle of the action. Build confidence, creativity, and discipline by working together to tell a story through improvisational theatre games.


For Teens: Kamp Krafts
Teens | Schedule and Registration
Come craft with us this summer! Make your very own para-cord bracelets and metal pendant necklaces.

For Teens: Cooking Made Easy - Camp Cooking
Teens | Schedule and Registration
Summer has arrived! Learn to make delicious and simple recipes such as Fireside Chili, Southwest Chicken Quesadillas, and S'more Bites! Learn these great healthy recipes from The Marion County Public Health Department Nutrition Services!

BONUS PRIZE! Complete 7 of the 11 activities and visit any Library branch for a prize!

1. Discover Giving! Donate a new or used book to Books for Youth at your local branch. What book did you donate? What do you hope someone enjoys about the book? Try one of these books about kids giving their time, energy, and creativity to their community!

2. Discover Kindness! Take a walk in your neighborhood or park and pick up trash (make sure to wear gloves). How did you help the earth by cleaning up? Take helping out to a new level with these stories. Even small children can contribute to their community. "Can I help?" Yes, you CAN!

3. Discover Storytelling! Read out loud to someone or tell your favorite campfire story. What story did you share? Looking for a spoooky story to tell around your campfire? These books are sure to give your listeners a fright!

4. Discover the World! Visit a nature park or Butler University’s planetarium and observatory. What was your favorite part about exploring a new place? Discover nature while hiking or camping for babies, kids or teens!

5. Discover Art! Create a drawing inspired by the outdoors or make an art piece with objects found in nature! What did you create? Set up your own camp at home this summer and complete these fun nature-oriented projects and crafts for kids and teens.

6. Discover Writing! Write a letter home from Camp Read S’more. What has been your favorite part of summer reading? Complete at your local branch with special stationery! Read one of these books and make someone's day by writing them a special letter!

7. Discover Nature! Plant a seed. What kind of plant did you choose? How much does it grow over the summer? Try one of these nature field guides for kids or teens.

8. Discover the Library! Attend a program, meet a librarian, visit a new branch, explore our website. What did you learn? See our listing of workshops below or browse our full calendar of events.

9. Discover Music! Head outside, close your eyes, and listen for nature sounds. What sounds did you hear? Can you copy the sounds using your voice? Here some favorite books about music, instruments, or just have a really strong beat!

10. Discover Food! Make a new snack and enjoy it outdoors with a friend. Or try a new veggie or fruit! What did you eat? Find ideas to create recipes at camp or in the woods from our recommended reading list camp snacks.

11. Discover Activity! Use nature to inspire movement - pretend to be a bear, a tree or the wind by moving your body. What did you pretend to be? Practice with some of these activities for kids and teens about camping and survival skills.

Discover the Survey!
Have your grown-up complete our survey and be entered to win a Meijer Gift Card!

Help us Reach our Community Reading Goal


Are you up for a reading challenge this summer? If the IndyPL community surpasses 16 million minutes of reading, all readers who logged reading time during the summer will be entered into grand prize drawings at the end of the program, such as one of two $529 CollegeChoice CD savings accounts, autographed footballs from Colts players and more!


Your reading can make a difference too! If we surpass our reading goal of 16 million minutes the IndyPL Foundation will also donate 5,000 books to Books for Youth with the Indianapolis Colts. Through this program, the Colts and the Department of Child Services provide every Indiana foster child with 25 books to start their own library. Help IndyPL and the Colts get more books in children's hands by reading this summer!


Donate New & Used Books
There are donation bins at all of our locations to collect new or gently used children's books for Books for Youth.

2022 IndyPL Kids Summer Reading Program Sponsors