Kids Summer Reading Program

DISCOVER! the world around you and earn prizes through reading and activities this summer!

Read any book, graphic novel, magazine, e-book, or newspaper you want! What you read is up to you and includes books you borrow from a friend, a library, or books you already own.

We know reading to children is important, so thank you grown-ups! Grown-ups are not eligible to participate in the children’s summer reading program, but we encourage you to check out the Adult Summer Reading Program!

Read books, do fun activities, win prizes!

How to JOIN this FREE program:

There are three ways to register and track reading time - pick which one is most convenient for you! Participants over 13, or caregivers can create accounts to track minutes and activities online.

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

On the web
In your browser, visit, register for yourself or your family, and follow the instructions to get started.

Participants over 13, or caregivers can create accounts to track minutes and activities. Need help? Our staff can help get you registered and track progress online or in the app.

2021 Summer Reading Program Tracker

In-person/on paper
Just visit or call your closest IndyPL branch to register with a staff member. Pick up a paper tracking sheet at any IndyPL location or print one in English or Spanish.

NOTE Group Registration: If you would like to register a group for the Summer Reading Program, please contact a branch for details.

How It Works:

First day to track time: June 7, 2021
Last day to track time: July 31, 2021
Last day to redeem prizes for reading time: August 7, 2021

Set a goal! How much time do you want to read this summer?

Read! Track the time you have spent reading or have listened to someone reading to you in Beanstack or on your paper tracker. Older children who read aloud to younger children may count those minutes.

Earn Prizes! Prizes are earned when you have read for 1 hour, 5 hours, 10 hours, 15 hours, and 20 hours, or have completed seven of the DISCOVER activities. Prizes can be redeemed at any Indianapolis Public Library location. Just go to the Summer Reading Program desk and show your Beanstack tracker or your paper tracking sheet to show your progress.

Minutes are not transferable between individuals and a total of no more than 20 hours will be awarded to any participant.

Prizes may be redeemed between June 7 and August 7, 2021.


Please note that prize quantities are limited and may be subject to change.

  • 1 Hour
    Color Changing Pencil or Snack
  • 5 Hours
    Discovery Mystery Bag (with a toy surprise)
    As a bonus, after 5 hours of reading, ALL participants will be entered in two drawings, one drawing for $529 toward a College Choice CD 529 savings plan and one drawing for a 4 pack of tickets to an Indy Eleven game.
  • 15 Hours
    Choice of: yo-yos, bubble fidgets, Water Wows, earbuds, or UV notebooks
    Toys for children under 3 are also available.
  • 20 Hours
    Choose from a book plus get a voucher for admission to the Eiteljorg Museum or a voucher to an Indianapolis Indians game.

Enjoy Our Weekly Summer Reading Newsletter for Kids!

We will send out an email newsletter each week from June 7 - August 2 that will feature:

  • online e-books
  • video read alouds
  • online or @home activities
  • reading recommendations
  • upcoming programs

Summer Reading Workshops!

Rocket Ship Catapult Class

Rocket Ship Catapult Class for Kids
Join Ripple Mobile Arts and blast off with your own rocket ship catapult! Learn the mechanics of rocket ships as we transform our creation into a working catapult. Design, engineer and test your own catapult for your enjoyment. Please call your branch to register for this program. Schedule

Pop-Up Mask Art Workshop

Pop-Up Mask Art Class for Kids
With the help of Mr. Tony, kids will make their own pop-up wall mask masterpiece in this free class. Registration is required. Limited to 25 kids per session, ages 5 & up. Hot glue guns will be in use. Please call your branch to register for this program. Schedule

Junior Chef Class Snacks Around the World

Junior Chef Class: Snacks Around the World
Join Nutrition Services of the Marion County Public Health Department and explore recipes from Italy, Puerto Rico, and India. Kids 6 years old and up will make up to three different snacks using cooking techniques like slicing, chopping, and mixing. Please call your branch to register for this program. Schedule

Art Journaling Good for the Soul

Art Journaling: Good for the Soul
Join as artist and teacher Monica Sanchez leads this free art exploration of scrapping paint, journal spilling, and cutting & gluing papers and magazine images. Kids will be able to enjoy and participate virtually from the comfort and safety of their own home. Ages 6+ welcome, but best for 10+. Please call your branch to register for this program. Schedule

Drawing 2 Conclusions Class

Drawing 2 Conclusions Art Class for Kids
Join teaching artist Gary Gee from Arts For Learning, Indiana Affiliate, in this free session for kids ages 6 & up. Using art, scribbling, imagination, and context clues, participants will use sketching to draw conclusions to real world problems. Please call your branch to register for this program. Schedule

Bee the Change Family Workshop

Bee the Change

"Bee The Change", presented by Purdue Extension Educators Lais M. and Alex P., will explore native bees and pollinators, as well as honeybees. The presentation will share insight on pollinators - what they are, what they need to survive, and how we can help them thrive. All participants will have the option to participate in a hands-on pollinator activity. Choose a date and register online. Schedule

Discover Dance!
Join Justin Sears-Watson, teaching artist with Arts for Learning, as he introduces dance styles. No registration required. Schedule

Animal Meet & Greets

Animal Meet and Greets
Meet up to 3 animals at these casual drop-in sessions presented by Silly Safaris. All ages, ask your question, take a picture while the critters are there. Please call your branch to register for this program. Schedule

Animal Shows

Animal Shows
Join Silly Safaris and enjoy this sit-down 45-minute animal show with live animals. Please call your branch to register for this program. Schedule

How to Earn a Bonus Prize

Complete 7 of these activities to win an additional Discovery Mystery Bag! You can track your progress for this in Beanstack or on your paper tracker. Click on an activity to see some ideas for completing it!

Discover Activity! Try a new hobby, a new sport, or a new game. Share about what you did!

Discover Art! Learn about or try a new type of art. You can paint, draw, color, build, sculpt, or any other creative expression! What did you discover?

Discover Friends & Family! Learn something new about your family. Write a letter or draw a picture and send it to a relative.

Discover Food! Try a new food or make a new recipe, or grow some food yourself! What did you eat?

Discover Indy! Check out some of the fun and interesting places in your city! Explore historical sites, museums, or famous people from Indianapolis. What or who did you discover?

Discover Kindness! Do something nice for someone for no other reason than to be kind. Tell us about it.

Discover the Library! Discover a program, meet a librarian, visit a new branch, or explore our website. What did you learn?

Discover Music! Listen to a new type of music or try an instrument. What did you hear or try?

Discover Nature! Take a walk, what do you see? Animals, insects, plants, stars? Tell us something interesting you discovered.

Discover Reading! Try a new author, a new subject, or a new perspective. Your librarian can help you find something different. What did you read?

Discover the World! Learn about someplace new. Where would you go if you could go anywhere?

Discover the Survey! Have your grown up complete our survey and be entered to win a Meijer gift card.

Upcoming Programs for Kids

Silly Stories

Silly Stories

Community Location

Join the Learning Curve staff for some silly fun with stories and songs!

Mindfulness Minute for Kids & Families

Mindfulness Minute for Kids & Families


Kids of all ages and their caregivers are invited to tune in for a moment of calm and focus. Learning Curve staff and occasional guests will lead mindful breathing exercises, movement inspired by yoga, brief guided meditations, and uplifting conversation to take into the weekend.

Playdate With a Book

Playdate With a Book


Play with library friends and have fun developing early literacy skills! We will read stories and sing songs. Demonstrate a craft or activity together with materials you might have at home.