Southwest Ohio Summer Reading Roundup

School’s almost out for the summer – but that doesn’t mean the learning has to stop! Here in Southwest Ohio, there are lots of ways to combat the infamous “summer slide” and make learning a part of your kids’ everyday routine. Most notable are the library summer reading programs offered at our area libraries! These programs get kids excited to read their way through the summer by offering a variety of fun incentives along the way.

Check out our Southwest Ohio Summer Reading Roundup for all the details:

Boone County Summer Reading

What: Boone County Summer Reading Program

When: June 1-July 31 

Where: All 6 BCPL locations: Main Branch, Scheben Branch, Florence Branch, Walton Branch, Hebron Branch and Chapin Memorial Library

Details: Boone County Public Library has reading programs for all ages, from birth to adult. Registration and logging begins June 1. Register at to participate online.  All activities must be logged by July 31 to be eligible for prizes. All prizes must be picked up by August 7 (while supplies last).

Campbell County Public Library

What: Wild About Reading

When: Program starts June 5

Where: All four CCPL locations: Alexandria, Cold Spring, Fort Thomas and Newport; Attend a kick off event on June 5 from 9am-5pm at your favorite branch, or from home where events all day will be streamed to our YouTube channel! Kids ages 0 – 11 can sign up and receive a free backpack! Teens ages 12 – 18 who sign up will get a free water bottle, and the adults who sign up will get a free keychain flashlight.  A small treat bag will be handed out at each location at noon, and all giveaways are available while supplies last.

Details: Crawl, slither, soar or dive into the library’s Summer Reading program. With the theme Wild About Books, this year is all about animals and habitats they call home.

There’s something for everyone in the family – from dreaming up a fantasy zoo to drive-in movies featuring everyone’s favorite hedgehog Sonic to creating animal shadow puppets and learning how to keep our oceans clean.

Track your reading with the Beanstack app or a paper log for the chance to win awesome prizes big and small. Register online or at your favorite branch, where you can pick up a log. More info here.

Cincinnati Public Library

What: Discover Summer

When: June 1-July 31

Where: All 40 branches


The Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library invites you to Discover Summer as you embark on your summer learning journey. Participation in the summer program is open to kids of all ages and is completely free! No library card is required.Get the whole family involved – the Cincinnati Public Library’s program is open to everyone from babies to adults! More info here.

Clermont County Public Library

What: Tails & Tales

When: Program runs June 1 to Aug. 1.

Where: All 10 branches

Details: It’s easy to earn points for prizes — read a book, graphic novel, magazine or listen to an audiobook and log the number of minutes you spend reading. Every 200 minutes logged earns you a prize, and entry into Grand Prize drawings. Kids can win prizes for each level of reading fun completed, plus be entered to win tickets to the Cincinnati Zoo, Riverbend, Cincinnati Museum Center and Cincinnati Nature Center. E-books, magazines and required school reading count, too! For more information and to get started, click here, or visit a branch and talk to a librarian.

Kenton County Public Library

What: Reading Colors Your World

When: Online book logs available June 1. Program runs through Aug. 31.

Where: Each of KCPL’s three locations: Covington, Erlanger and William E. Durr

Details: The Summer Reading Club’s theme is “Reading Colors Your World,” and there are fun (and free!) kick-off events for kids and teens at each of KCPL’s 3 branches the week of June 1.

MidPointe Library System

What: Tails & Tales

When: June 1 – July 31

Where: All MidPointe locations – Middletown, Monroe, Trenton and West Chester – plus the new Bookmobile!

Details: MidPointe Library System will still be bringing you a summer of fun – only with a few changes to encourage safety for all!

Summer Reading Program 2021 will feature MidPointe’s Tails & Tales activity map (available in-library and online June 1) and patrons of all ages are challenged to create their own adventure by completing suggested activities between June 1-July 31. Complete any 10 activities to win Prize 1, then keep the fun going and complete 10 more activities to win Prize 2. You can also enter to win weekly grand prizes on MidPointe’s Facebook page, Instagram page or by submitting an entry form here. Prizes will be available for pick up at the Library between June 1 and July 31. You can also request your prizes for pick up through curbside service delivery. 

Dayton Metro Library Summer Reading Challenge

What: Tails & Tales

When: June 1 – August 1

Where: All Dayton Metro Library locations. 

Details: This summer, DML adapts again, with in-person, outdoor “Pop-Up” programs, Take and Make Kits, and more flexible options for earning prizes. While some of the details may change, the goal of Summer Challenge remains the same: to keep children engaged in learning and creative experiences while they’re out of school for the summer. Learn more here. 

Find the branch near you – and sign up for a page-turning summer adventure!

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