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​Summer Reading Time!Build a Better World logo and people graphics

June 1 - August 1, 2017

Whatever projects you have planned for this summer, Phoenix Public Library has something for you.

Free resources to help you learn…

grow, connect,

and create…

Play the Summer Reading game and earn prizes.

Join us for free and fun summer programs for the whole family!

Summer is an exciting time at your library, so visit us for great books, special events and more… to help you build a better world!

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Reading for at least 20 minutes a day helps build a strong lifelong reading habit.

Read and log at least 20 minutes per day for entry into weekly prize drawings!

Sign up today and begin logging your reading minutes June 1.




Prizes! Drawings! Badges! Excitement!

Earn prizes, discover exciting challenges, earn badges, and attend fun events for even more points at your local library.

1 point = 1 minute of reading

At signup

  • All participants may choose a free used book provided the Friends of the Phoenix Public Library.
  • Pre-readers receive a free reusable tote bag.
  • Kids ages 0-14 receive a coupon for a free personal pan pizza from Peter Piper Pizza (while supplies last).
  • Teens ages 12-17 receive a free water bottle. 

Prizes, drawings, and badge secret codes

At 500 points
Chipotle coupon (while supplies last)

At 1000 points

  • All participants will receive a voucher for a free new book of their choice from a list of titles.
  • Kids will receive a special award medal for reading.
  • Kids will automatically be entered in the Grand Prize drawing (to take place on August 2) for one of 15 family memberships to the Children's Museum of Phoenix, the Phoenix Zoo, or the Arizona Science Center.
  • Adults will automatically be entered in the Grand Prize drawing for a membership to the Phoenix Art Museum or the Heard Museum

Every 100 points

Children and teens may earn up to $50 per person in $5 off fine reduction coupons during summer reading. Every 100 points earns $5 off. See library staff for details. 

Weekly drawings

Kids who earn at least 140 points in a week will be eligible for weekly drawing prizes.

Badge secret codes

Attend programs, visit the library and more for badge secret codes that are worth points! See library staff for details. 

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for daily library news, features, and for bonus badge secret codes.

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Browse our summer program offerings by location or by age group and join us for summer fun!


Why read over the summer?

Kids who don't read over the summer lose skills which puts them at a disadvantage when school starts back up again. Prevent this summer learning loss by participating in the summer reading program, by encouraging children to read 20 minutes every day and by modeling your own reading behavior. Reading isn't homework! Make it fun! Read what you want! 

What if I'm not a kid?

Read for you. Read to entertain yourself, educate yourself, and get where you want to be. Need a place to start? Just Read.

We don't have access to a computer. Can my child still play the summer reading game?

Yes! Visit your local library location and pick up a summer reading gameboard for your young reader or pre-reader. Play at home with the gameboard and bring it in for a library staff person to log your minutes for your child.

Can my child use the gameboard even if we have access to a computer?

Yes! Younger children will enjoy following along with the paper gameboard. We recommend hanging them on the refrigerator or some other visible place so that kids stay excited about reaching their goal.

What are the beginning and end dates for the summer reading game?

The game runs from Thursday, June 1 through Tuesday, August 1, 2017