School’s out, but don’t let the school year’s learning get lost in the summer shuffle. Enhance the love of reading within your family and for yourself this summer with an inviting reading program from your nearest public library branch.
From the youngest ages, read to by an adult, to inquiring minds as children grow, up to adult years, all are welcome at your local library’s summer reading program. Most libraries within the county participate in Maricopa County Reads.
Maricopa County Reads is a FREE summer reading program provided by the Maricopa County Library District to all public, tribal, and military base libraries within Maricopa County. The primary goal of the program is to enhance literacy skills.
Maricopa County Reads encourages individuals to spend 20 minutes a day reading. Whether family members are newborns, on summer break from school, busy professionals, or retired, all are welcome to read books of their choice and earn points and in turn prizes.
Each Library System throughout the Valley and the different library branches within each system have various prizes and programming associated with this year’s theme of All Together Now. Families and individuals can sign up online through their local library.
Most Library Systems will link you here to sign up. You’ll be prompted to choose your Library System and nearest library branch. Choosing the branch is important since rules and prizes differ between the branches.
Click on each Library System below for rules and details, and to find your nearest library branch. There are more libraries throughout the Valley participating besides those listed below, so check with your nearest branch. Just keep reading to keep up the learning momentum.
Centered around kindness, friendship, and unity, this year’s theme comes with endless opportunities to explore Chandler Public Library through activities, programs, books, and more. “All Together Now,” by joining the fun, you’ll earn prizes and connect with other book lovers while celebrating your love of reading and learning.
Summer Reading is for all ages: Pre-readers, Kids, Teens & Adults.
Create your account online starting May 1. Log your reading June 1 – August 1.
Attend events all summer long to collect secret codes.
Play the summer reading game June 1 through August 1. Sign up now at MaricopaCountyReads.org.
Spend your summer with the library. Browse all summer reading events
Kids, Teens, and Adults earn one point for every minute spent reading.
Register online at maricopacountyreads.org.
Stop by your library branch to pick up a gameboard for children (ages 0-12). Learn more about how to easily participate in summer reading with your children to help get them ready to read or keep reading.
All ages can earn additional points by completing challenges all summer long. Challenges can be found on the Summer Reading website.
Track your progress online, collect secret codes, and complete challenges to be eligible for prizes.
Track your reading minutes. 1 minute = 1 point. Any reading counts – books, comic books, magazines, you name it. Also count minutes when you read aloud to someone else, or someone else reads aloud to you. (This includes listening to audio books.)
Earn extra points by participating in library activities, community experiences, and challenge activities.
Win prizes when you reach 250 points, 500 points, 750 points, and 1000 points.
The Library District that started it all with summer reading. Branches are located around the edges of the Valley.
Their Summer Reading program is for all ages. The program runs from June 1 to August 1. You can win prizes by tracking your reading minutes, participating in challenges, and going to events at your library.
Peoria Public Library is offering a different but also engaging summer reading program called Find Your Voice.
Read what you want, when you want, for however long you want, with whomever you want. Participants are invited to seek out something to read this summer that is beyond what they traditionally read.
Open to ALL ages–Birth to 100+
Sign up now — either online, via the free Beanstack app, or in person at any Peoria Public Library location.