Summer Reading Program

May 26 — July 31, 2018

The DeKalb County Public Library's Summer Reading Program is designed to encourage children to keep reading during the summer months, to promote family literacy, to endorse the library as a fun place and to prevent the "summer slide" in learning. The library is a valuable resource in the community where access to education and cultural enrichment activities are always free. According to the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) the benefits of summer reading programming are:
  • Children are motivated to read.
  • Children develop positive attitudes about reading, books and the library.
  • Children maintain their reading skills during summer vacation.
  • Children have access to experiences that further their sense of discovery.
  • Children have access to experiences through which they can learn to work cooperatively.

Last year more than 2000 participants in the Summer Reading Program received reading certificates.  We look forward to a very exciting, rockin' fun-filled summer!

Click here for the online schedule of programs for children and teens and click here for the PDF schedule of programs for children and teens.

Summer Reading Program Kickoff Events:

Let's kickoff a rockin', fun summer of reading.  We'll dance, sing songs, take fun photos, and sign up for the 2018 Summer Reading Program Libraries Rock! Pick up your reading log and calendar of events and learn more about the great activities happening at your libraries this summer! Remember to bring your cameras and your smiles for a picture with the Library's mascot, Dog in the Woods.

Teen Kickoff Program:

Celebrate the beginning of summer with an escape room, popcorn bar, a craft and an extreme rock, paper, scissors competition.  You can sign up for the Libraries Rock! Summer Reading Program and enter a drawing for free movie passes (must be present to win).

Children's Kickoff programs:

  • Kids Kickoff, Thursday, May 31 @ 10:00 a.m. at the Tucker Recreation Center - music performer -  Mr. Jason of Jason's Music Party
  • Kids Kickoff, Saturday, June 2 @ 11:00 a.m. at the Gallery at South DeKalb - music performer - children's music performer/artist, Dre' Hilton

Children's Wrap up Celebrations:

  • Wednesday, July 25 @ 6:00 p.m. at the Hairston Crossing Library
  • Thursday, July 26 @ 10:00 a.m. at the Toco Hill-Avis G. Williams Library

Libraries Rock! - 1000 Books Before Kindergarten - For babies from birth to age 5

The Wee Reader Summer Reading Program and 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Can Be Combined! Sign up at any branch. Parents/caregivers complete literacy activities on a special reading log. During the Summer Reading Program, the Wee Reader activities can be included on your 1000 Books Family Reading Log! Simply note the activity on your Family Reading Log instead of entering the book title.

  • Complete 20 literacy activities and receive a certificate, a board book and a raffle ticket for age appropriate prizes.
  • Note the activities on your Wee Reader/Family Reading Log. These activities count toward 1000 Books Before Kindergarten incentives!

Libraries Rock! - For Children ages 5–12

  • Pick up the reading log at the library and receive raffle tickets for hours read.
  • Record each hour of reading or literacy activity completed on the log. Earn a raffle ticket for every 4 hours read or every 4 literacy activities completed.
  • Continue reading for additional tickets to increase your chances of winning.

Libraries Rock! - For Teens ages 13–17

  • Teens ages 13-17 can pick up a reading log at any DeKalb County Public Library branch or sign up online and earn raffle tickets for hours read and/or literacy activities completed.
  • Record each hour of reading or literacy activity completed on the log.
  • Teens can receive a raffle ticket for attending a teen library program.
  • Continue reading for additional tickets to increase your chances of winning.

SRP Prizes

Children and teens who participate in the Summer Reading Program can earn raffle tickets for a variety of prizes, including but not limited to books, Amazon Kindle Fires and free tickets to cultural and amusement venues around Atlanta.

Atlanta Braves Home Run Readers

The Atlanta Braves will again join with Georgia Public Library Service and DeKalb County Public Library to offer the “Home Run Readers” program, which allows children to earn certificates — and free game tickets — by reading and participating in online writing activities. Students in kindergarten through 12th grade who sign up for the Summer Reading Program will receive a Braves bookmark. Follow the instructions on the bookmark to receive free tickets to a Braves game.

Atlanta Gladiators Hat Trick for Reading Challenge

To encourage children to continue to read during the summer, the Atlanta Gladiators in partnership with the Georgia Public Library Service has revamped the Hat Trick for Reading Challenge.  Children in grades K thru 12 who read three books can get a free ticket to an Atlanta Gladiators hockey game. Go to atlantagladiators.com/hattrick for more details.

Atlanta Hawks Check-It-Out Reading Challenge

Co-sponsored by Georgia Public Library Service and the Atlanta Hawks, the Check-It-Out Reading Challenge will award Hawks basketball tickets to young readers who participate in the challenge. Students in kindergarten through 12th grade who sign up for the Summer Reading Program will receive a Hawks bookmark. Follow the instructions on the bookmark to receive free tickets to a Hawks game.

Free eBooks from myON

Watch this short video with your students for tips on finding great books. Then follow these simple steps to access the myON by Renaissance platform.

  1. Visit about.myon.com/GetGAReading to get registered.
  2. Once you have registered, instructions on your county-specific log-in will be sent to you within 24 – 48 hours.
  3. Go to myON.com and click the myON Login button.
  4. Enter the following information:
    School Name: Get Georgia Reading (Type the first few letters and select your school from the drop-down menu.)
    Username: included with your registration instructions
    Password: read
  5. Click on the Sign In button, select a book, and start reading!

Sponsors and Partners

2018 Summer Reading Program partners include the Georgia Public Library Service, DeKalb Library Foundation, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta Gladiators, Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta History Center, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, DeKalb County Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs, Delta Flight Museum, High Museum of Art, LEGOLAND Discovery Center, Michael C. Carlos Museum, Nordson Corporation Foundation, Southeastern Railway Museum, TheraFun TECH CORPS, and Village Burger.

The Summer Reading Program is supported in whole or in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, as administered by Georgia Public Library Service.

The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) art/graphics are copyrighted by Upstart for exclusive use by CSLP members and are used by permission. Copying or reproducing these CSLP art/graphics in any way by non-CSLP members is prohibited.