Summer Reading Program

Summer Reading can be fun and it's important too!

Each year, public libraries across the country use the Summer Reading Program to promote family literacy and demonstrate to kids and young adults that reading is fun. Georgia's program enjoyed attendance of 524,524 in 2015. Circulation of children's materials again topped 16 million items and nearly 1.7 million children and young adults attended one of the more than 47,500 programs offered to them by the state's public libraries. According to Elaine Black, Director of Youth Services for the Georgia Public Library Service, research shows that when children continue to read and engage in learning during the summer, they can thwart the summer slide and return to school in the fall ready to learn.

Plan to attend the many special programs and events DeKalb County Public Library has planned for your summer fun.

Browse programs in our online calendar. You can also pick up a copy of the schedule at your neighborhood branch or click here to see a copy of the schedule you can print yourself. 

Build A Better World - 1000 Books Before Kindergarten - For babies from birth to age 2

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 10 literacy activities and receive a Build A Better World bag.
  • Complete 20 literacy activities and receive a certificate and board book.
  • Note the activities on your Wee Reader/Family Reading Log. These activities count toward 1000 Books Before Kindergarten incentives!

Build A Better World - For Children ages 3–12

Build A Better World is for children ages 3–12. Sign up at any branch and receive a reading log, bookmark and stickers. Earn raffle tickets for hours read and/or literacy activities completed.

  • Complete the top half of the reading log and receive one raffle ticket.
  • Complete the bottom half of the reading log and receive a certificate, bag, mood pencil (while supplies last) and raffle ticket.
  • Continue reading for additional raffle tickets to increase your chances of winning.

Build a Better World - 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. There is no limit to the number of raffle tickets earned.

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 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

Through a partnership between the GET GEORGIA READING campaign, Georgia students have unlimited access to free eBooks 24 hours a day — every day — through August 31, 2017. To access the myOn collection, go to

  • Click the "Log in Now" button and enter the following information:
  • School Name: Get Georgia Reading, Georgia Campain for Grade Level Reading (Begin typing the first few letters and select from the drop-down menu.)
  • User Name: dekalbcounty
  • Password: read
  • Click the "Sign In" button, select a book and start reading. Enjoy anywhere, anytime access!                                                                                    

Wrap up Celebrations:

Sponsors and Partners

2017 Summer Reading Program partners include the Georgia Public Library Service, DeKalb Library Foundation, Alliance Theatre, AMC North DeKalb Mall, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta Gladiators, Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta History Museum, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Broadway Atlanta, Center for Puppetry Arts, Chick-fil-A/Turner Hill Road, Gamers Xperience, Georgia Aquarium, Grub Burger Bar, High Museum of Art, Horizon Theatre, Medieval Times, Michael C. Carlos Museum, Nordson Corporation Foundation, SkyView Atlanta, Southeastern Railway Museum, Pirate's Cove Put-Put Golf, Stars and Strikes, Stone Mountain Park, TECH CORPS, Zoo Atlanta.

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.