Kids Summer Reading Program

2021 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.

Beanstack App Icon

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 indypl.beanstack.org, 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.

Prizes!

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

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.

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Upcoming Programs for Kids

Virtual Storytime - Playdate With a Book

Virtual Storytime - Playdate With a Book

Online

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

After School Playdate: Block Party

After School Playdate: Block Party

Online

Calling all kid builders – you’re invited to the Block Party! Bring your LEGOs, Duplos, K’nex, or anything you enjoy building with and join Learning Curve Activity Guides for a chance to show off your creations and build something new every week.

Virtual Storytime - Playdate With a Book

Virtual Storytime - Playdate With a Book

Online

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