Summer Reading Programs

Sign up for one (or all!) programs that offer incentives for student progress.


Douglas County Libraries

Soar into summer reading with exciting activities, prizes, and giveaways.

  • We’ve suggested 900 minutes of reading as a worthy goal, but if this challenge isn’t right for you or your family, feel free to create your own challenge.
  • You can increase or decrease the number of minutes or set a goal for the number of books or pages you want to read.
  • You can also do the supplemental activities we suggest on the reading log.
  • We’re giving away three $500 Southwest Airlines gift cards to participants who sign up to read. 
  • Pre-register now for Flock to the Library summer reading for your chance to win!



Parker Kids Corner - Parker Library

Grades 1-3. Want to practice reading Spanish or start learning?

  • Join us every month to read and discuss a Spanish picture book and get creative with a fun activity.
  • No need to read the book beforehand.
  • All language levels, from beginner to Spanish speaker, are welcome. 
  • View Reading List


Arapahoe Libraries

  • Starting June 1, visit your favorite Arapahoe Libraries location to pick up your Summer Reading passport, choose a free book*, and set out on a new adventure.
  • Complete nine passport activities to get your passport stamped at the library and claim your Summer Reading pin.
  • Once you have nine stamps in your passport, fill out the prize drawing entry page towards the back of the passport and enter to win at the library.
  • Find events and activities at the library and online all summer long! 

*while supplies last


Barnes and Noble

Participation is a fun and easy way for kids to earn free books.

  • They simply read a designated number of books – library books, books borrowed from friends or books bought at Barnes & Noble – write about their favorite part in our Reading Journal, and bring a completed Reading Journal to a Barnes & Noble bookstore.
  • Children then choose their free book from the books listed on the Reading Journal and collect their free book from a store near them during July and August. 

Scholastic Summer Reading Program

  • From May 9th through September 12th, kids can visit the summer zone in Scholastic Home Base, a completely free digital destination which offers stories, characters, games, and a community of readers. Home Base is moderated for safety 24/7.
  • By creating an account on Home Base, kids can join a community of readers and will be able to read books and stories; attend author events; interact with their favorite characters; play book-based games and activities; join dance parties; and more!

For more easy ways to incorporate reading into your family's summer activities, print out this PDF tip sheet to post on the fridge!