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Children's Summer Reading Program

Earn rewards for reading or listening to books! Starts Saturday, June 1!

Children from birth and up can earn fun rewards just by reading or listening to books!
Online advance registration: DPL Summer Reading Registration (open Monday, May 13).

Program Details

DPL's Summer Reading Program will kick off Saturday, June 1, and run through the summer. Brand new this year: You can register online in advance, starting Monday, May 13. Just go to DPL Summer Reading Registration to sign up! Then come in any time starting June 1 to pick up your Reading Log and get started -- no need to fill out registration cards if you register online!

How does it work?

  • Open to any child from birth up.
  • You can pre-register online starting Monday, May 13, or in the library starting Saturday, June 1.
  • Pick up your personal Reading Log in the library to track books read or listened to over the summer.
  • Set a reading goal for the first week or so. It may be a certain number of books, chapters, minutes per day -- whatever works best for you or your child. Then check out books, go home and read!
  • Write down the titles of your books, come back and get a sticker for your book log and rewards for completing the first goal! Then set a new goal, and read some more! There are 5 goal levels, and 5 sets of rewards.


What can you earn? Rewards include a bookmark, pencil, tattoos, a book bag, food coupons from our sponsors, and your choice of a free book, thanks to the Friends of the Decatur Public Library!

EVERY child who signs up (as well as the adult who brings them) gets a coupon for a FREE BOOK at a 2nd Saturday Book Sale, sponsored by the Friends of the Library -- Saturday, June 8 or Saturday, July 13, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


Call us at 217-424-2900 ext. 5, email, or message us via our Facebook page.

Kick-Off, Saturday, June 1 arrow_forward

Join us for the Kick-Off Party in Central Park, Saturday, June 1, any time from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


We love our sponsors! Their contributions encourage kids to have fun with reading and build a lifelong love of learning.

Thanks to these sponsors of our 2019 Children's Summer Reading Program:

  • Friends of the Decatur Public Library
  • Jimmy John's
  • McDonald’s of Decatur
  • Monical's Pizza
  • Papa Murphy’s Pizza
  • Texas Roadhouse
  • Wendy’s Restaurants