Summer Reading for Children

Children's Summer Reading Program



The Summer Reading Program at the St. Joseph Public Library is open to all children 1 year old to rising 3rd graders.

We have a tween program, for rising 4th – 6th graders. Click here to read about the Tween program.

How do I play?

Start by getting registered. You can pre-register online here, or you can register in person starting on June 19th. Then all you have to do is Start Reading! Your reading log is a BINGO card with 30 squares on it. You will get a prize each time you complete 5 squares. The books, magazines, audiobooks, etc. that you read have to come from ones you’ve checked out of our library. Be sure to turn your BINGO card in by August 12th at 5:00PM to be eligible for the grand prize drawing.

How do I get the prizes I've earned?

Once you have your BINGO card and you have checked off 5 squares, you’ve completed a session. Then you just have to stop in the Children’s Room and show a staff member your BINGO card. The staff member will stamp your card and you can choose your prize for that session. There are a total of 6 sessions that you can finish for the program.

What Events are you having?

The staff at the library has arranged for some fun and exciting events for you to enjoy this summer—and they’re FREE! They are listed on your BINGO card and posted throughout the library. If you have any questions, please call the library at 983-7167 ext. 17.
Hope to see you there!

For Toddlers and Preschoolers

Story Time—

Tuesdays: June 19 - July 24* @ 6:30pm

      Sponsored by Veersma State Farm Insurance


Wednesdays: June 20 - July 25* @ 10:30am
        Sponsored by The Friends of the Library


(* please note - no story time July 3rd and 4th.)


Garden Games

Following each Story Time  (evening & mornings!)   Outside in the garden —Weather permitting.

For Children of all ages and Families

The Bubbleman! — June 26 @ 2:00pm
Sponsored by MOMs Club of St. Joseph
Ron Lloyd, Bubbleologist, makes magic with soap and bubbles!

Exotic Zoo — July 17 @ 2:00pm
Sponsored by Honor Credit Union                                                
A one-of-a-kind experience to meet unique animals

School of Rock: Real Rocks & Gems — July 31 @ 6:00pm
Sponsored by The Friends of the Library
People of all ages love picking up rocks of varying sizes and colors.  Do you want to identify some of the rocks you’ve collected? Greg Street from the Blossomland Gem & Mineral Society will be coming to talk all things rocks at this family friendly event.

Dinosaurs Rock — August 1 @ 10:30am AND 6:30pm
Sponsored by United Federal Credit Union
The Curious Kid’s Museum crew will be on hand for a 45 minute presentation on all things dinosaur.  Families will be able to touch and examine the museum’s collection of fossils.

Pint-Sized Polkas — August 4 @ 10:30am
Sponsored by The Friends of the Library
Put on your dancing shoes and enjoy the music of Mike Schneider as he entertains for all ages. The perfect ending to summer reading.  Don’t forget to turn in your book log!



Also, check out our Music in the Garden series!