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Summer Reading Programs

Welcome to the 2019 Summer Reading Programs.

This years theme for all three program is A Universe of Stories! 

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  • For anyone 18 and older with a James Kennedy Public Library library card
  • The program runs June 1-August 31
  • Join us for fun, entertaining, and educational programming, reading incentives, and some great prizes!
  • Pick up your Universe of Stories-Space Exploration Passport at the library or download it here.
  • Submit your book reviews here!

How the program works:

All participants receive a Universe of Stories-Space Exploration Passport, book bag, bookmark, and a free book just for registering! Indicate on the card when they have read or listened to something, participated in an activity related to the theme or attended a library program, tried out something new, or otherwise used the library.Each item equals a chance to win from the prize drawing at the end of the program. For every four items completed, participants will be eligible to select a prize from the prize box. Fill one passport to earn a special luggage tag (for your space adventures) and be eligible for the grand prize drawings which will include our book lover’s basket and other special prizes. Participants must read or listen to at least 3 books along with completing other activities to fill the passport. Passport completed before the summer is over? Pick up another one! Sponsored by the Friends of the James Kennedy Public Library.



  • For children all ages up through 5th grade (completed)
  • The program runs June 3-July 27
  • On-line registration begins May 25 and in-person registration begins June 3. 
  • Pick up activity sheets for kids under age 3, chains, & keychains at the library.
  • Reading log (for kids 3+) and events flyers can be downloaded here.


How the program works:

Children under age 3 will receive a page of fun brain-building activities at registration. Complete all the activities and receive a goody bag and a free book.

Kids age 3+ will receive a book bag, free book, and other goodies, including a ball chain or keychain at registration. They will then keep track of how many minutes they read and earn beads and brag tags to add to their chains. Sports beads, glow in the dark beads, animal beads, glitter beads, and more will be available, along with a variety of brag tags. For every 12 hours a participant reads they will earn another brag tag, book, and entry into the grand prize drawing. Sponsored by the Theisen’s More for Your Community corporate grant program and the Friends of the James Kennedy Public Library.




  • For students who have completed 6th-12th grades
  • The program runs June 3-July 27
  • In-person registration begins June 3.
  • Review sheets can be picked up at the library or downloaded.


How the program works:

This year participants will submit short reviews for any books read.  Pick an “alias” for review purposes - be sure to include your alias on each review submitted. Each review gets an entry for prize drawings at the end of the program. Participants must turn in three reviews to complete the program. Those who complete the program will have their name entered into the grand prize drawing for 4 tickets to Adventureland and will be invited to the Teen Summer Reading Program Finale on July 28.  As a special incentive, at the end of the program anyone that turns in 5 or more reviews will get to throw a water balloon at Paul!  



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