Ad for 100 YEARS OF SUMMER READ 1924-2024 with the Toledo Lucas County Public Library.

Choose one or choose them all!

Click for details below for each challenge. Pick up tracker cards at any location or track online with Beanstack or with the Beanstack Tracker App on Google Play or Apple.

Three easy ways to get started:

Three easy ways to finish:

  • Turn in your completed paper tracker at any location.
  • Fill out this quick completion form (we’ll also send the form to everyone who registered.)
  • Submit your completion with Beanstack if you are using Beanstack.

We have prizes!

  • Sign-up prize: everyone gets a pencil bag when they sign up. If you sign up in person, you’ll get your bag immediately. If you sign up with the form or Beanstack, stop at any location and get a bag.
  • Midway prize for kids and teens: a mood pencil for your sign-up bag. 
  • Completion prize: kids and teens choose a book to keep from our special selection, and adults get a mug. 
  • Grand prizes: upon completion, you are automatically entered into the grand prize drawings for prizes such as Nintendo Switch Lites, Kindles, Cricuts, Fitbit trackers, gift cards, and more!
  • Prizes available while supplies last.
  • All prizes must be picked up in person by August 17, 2024.

Group sign-ups are welcome! Call any location to register.

See more summer activities on our Summer Fun page!

Here is a reading tracker you can download to print or share with your students.

Here is a Summer Fun promotion card you can download to print or share with your students.

Help connect students and families with Summer Read and Library programs by using the copy below in your newsletters and social media. 

Newsletter copy for your end-of-year school newsletter:
Read books and earn prizes with the Library’s Summer Read! Kids and adults, just read 30 days between June 1 and August 3. Simply provide your email on this form, and you will be signed up for Summer Read. The Library will email you in August to ask you how many books you have read, and you will be entered into the grand prize drawings.

You can stop by any Library location to get your sign-up prize and also a tracking card to help make summer reading even more fun.

Sample Summer Read posts for your social media accounts:
Before school is out for the summer post:

Time for the Library’s Summer Read! just read 30 days between June 1 and August 3. Provide your email on this form, and you will be signed up for Summer Read. You can stop by any location to get your sign-up prize and also a tracking card to help make summer reading even more fun.

Midsummer post:
There’s still time to read 30 days for the Library’s Summer Read! Provide your email on this form, and you will be signed up for Summer Read. You can stop by any location to get your sign-up prize and also a tracking card to help make summer reading even more fun.

Sample free programs post for your social media accounts:
Before school is out for the summer post:

The Library has hundreds of free programs to keep students engaged over the summer. Check out their full calendar!

Midsummer post:
There is something for everyone with free Library programs. Check out their full calendar!

Library summer reading programs began in the 1890s to encourage school-age children to use the library and read during their summer vacation months. They have become one of the most universal programs in public libraries and now include both pre-readers and adults. The first “Vacation Reading Club” held in Toledo was in 1924. The theme was a Travel Club and 85 children participated.
 
Miss Ethel C. Wright was the head of the Children’s Department from 1918 until 1955. Under her leadership, the children’s librarians of Toledo tried a variety of programs and reading clubs to encourage children to read good books during the summer months.
 
Visit our digital exhibit to learn how summer reading has changed through the years and to enjoy great pictures of old reading trackers and prizes. You may even find examples you remember from your own childhood!
 
 

Read aloud 8 chapter books (or listen to the audiobook) with a child, a class, a family, or a friend. Complete the challenge and receive a zipper pouch. Find your own chapter books or try our recommendations listed here:

Pick up tracker cards at any location or track online with Beanstack or with the Beanstack Tracker App on Google Play or Apple.

Read our lists (Authors A-K and Authors L-Z) of the best picture books which includes classics, new titles, and everything in-between. Complete the challenge and receive a book for your home library.

Pick up tracker cards at any location or track online with Beanstack or with the Beanstack Tracker App on Google Play or Apple.

If 101 books weren’t enough, or you want to start with a smaller challenge, this is for you! Complete the challenge by reading the books on this list to receive a book for your home library.

Pick up tracker cards at any location or track online with Beanstack or with the Beanstack Tracker App on Google Play or Apple.