The Library Springfield-Greene County Library District Springfield, Missouri

Summer Reading Program Offers Oceans of Possibilities June 1-Aug. 6

April 26, 2022 —  

Go to the Summer Reading Program website.

Everyone is invited to join the 2022 Summer Reading Program for months filled with reading challenges and boredom-busting activities for kids from birth to age 18. Kids and teens who join the free program can grow their reading skills and earn great rewards.

The program runs June 1-Aug. 6. There’s a program for all age groups -- Tiny Tots & Preschool: Birth–Age 5; Kids: Ages 6–11; Teens: Grades 6–12.  Adults have a Summer Reading Program, too, with a sign-up gift and chances for cool prizes in August.

The program is funded by the Friends of the Library.

Watch this quick video by the Library's Youth Services staff about the program!

Beginning June 1, participants can pick up a game board at any Springfield-Greene County Library branch or the Mobile Library, or log on to and follow the links to register for the reading program that fits you. Start logging reading minutes and complete the activities to earn great prizes.

 Kids benefit from being read to even before they can read on their own. It builds pre-reading and comprehension skills. Listening to others read to them counts toward their reading time.

There are prizes: tiny tots/preschoolers, kids and teens can earn a Fresh Start Fine Waiver Card upon completing their first activity. Then, complete the program to earn a free book and a Youth Summer Passport. Get free treats and admissions at Andy B’s, Chick-fil-A, Dairy Queen, Firehouse Pottery, Little Caesars, Springfield-Greene County Park Board pools, and Urban Cup.

Participants can pick up their prizes at any library branch or the Mobile Library between June 10 and August 6. (Fresh Start Fine Waiver Card may be picked up starting June 1.)

Kids who keep reading can earn Star Reader entries in the end-of-summer drawings. Prizes include reading totes, coupons for free books and gift cards.

There are lots of programs to attend, too. Be amazed by magicians, musicians and mad scientists at events at library branches, community centers and area parks. Then explore our community’s most popular sites at seven Fantastic Fridays.

Visit for a complete schedule of events, or see the summer issue of Bookends, the free calendar of events at any branch.



Kathleen O'Dell
Community Relations Director
(417) 616-0564
Sarah Jane Rosendahl
(417) 616-0566

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