The Cincinnati Library’s summer reading program is free and open to everyone

While some summertime favorites might be cancelled or limited this summer, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is bringing a world of fun to Cincy kids with its Discover Summer program.

The Cincinnati Library’s summer reading program is free and open to everyone! Participation in the Discover Summer learning program is open to kids of all ages and is completely free; no Library card is required. 

This summer the Library is using Beanstack, a summer learning app that goes along with the Library’s activity booklets. Participants can earn points and badges for logging reading, writing a review, or completing a fun activity. Challenges in the Beanstack app align with the Discover Summer learning booklets. Beanstack is free software that’s available by using a web browser, or an app for iPhones or Android. 

Free-to-keep books and activity booklets can also be picked up at open Library locations. The booklets are designed for age groups PreK, grades K-5, grades 6-8, and grades 9-12, so every kid will have access to developmentally appropriate brain fuel. You also can download the activity booklets at

Be sure to visit the Library’s YouTube channel for storytimes, and STEM videos that align with the Discover Summer booklet activities. You’ll also find book reviews, local history, and continuing education videos posted throughout the summer. Go to The Library is also continuing its LIVE bedtime storytime streams Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 7 pm via their Facebook page,

As in previous years, free meals are available this summer for youth ages 18 and under, at select Library locations. Children must be present to receive a meal. Meal service locations and serving times, subject to change, are available on This service is made possible through federal funding, as part of the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program. The Library is partnering locally with the United Methodist Church Food Ministry:


The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is one of the largest and busiest libraries in the United States. It serves a population of more than 800,000 people with a collection of more than nine million items. Their mission is to connect people with the world of ideas and information. To learn more, visit or call 513-369-6900. 

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