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Summer Reading Club for Children and Teens - If I Only Had a Book!

Arts! Crafts! Games! Contests! Prizes! Fun! You can’t win if you don’t read!

Children, preschool through 5th grade and teens 6th-12th grade, turn in a summer reading club card any time between May 6 and July 27. The first blue card is distributed at city schools, or can be picked up at any Library.

Each time you complete five books, get a new registration/reading record card.

  • Blue for Card 1 (1st prize level, for kids and teens)
  • Ruby for Card 2 (2nd prize level, for kids and teens)
  • Emerald for Card 3 (Bonus – for lollipop and Grand Prize Entries)

Children may turn in 1 card per day. Books read aloud count too. A parent, friend, or sibling can read to a child who cannot yet read on their own. Look for the volunteers wearing a "Read With Me" button in the Library too.

Prizes

J Club – Children, preschool through 5th grade

Turn in a Blue Card to receive:

  • Bottle of Bubbles
  • A Ruby card
Turn in a Ruby Card to receive:
  • Cup w/straw (or sippy cup for babies and toddlers)
  • Certificate of completion
  • One Coupon for The Magic House
  • Book
  • One Baseball Voucher (while supplies last)
  • Entry for First Pitch Contest (Age 8 - 17)
  • An Emerald Card
Turn in an Emerald Card to receive:
  • Rainbow Lollipop (1st time only)
  • Entry in grand prize drawing
  • Another Emerald card.
Grand Prizes are Movie Passes to St. Louis Cinema and an iPod Shuffle.


Teen Club – teens 6th-12th grade

Turn in a Blue Card to receive:

  • Messenger Bag
  • Book
  • A Ruby Card
Turn in a Ruby Card to receive:
  • Baseball Voucher (while supplies last)
  • Entry for First Pitch Contest
  • An Emerald Card
Turn in an Emerald Card to receive:
  • Rainbow Lollipop (1st time only)
  • Entry in grand prize drawing.
Every card turned in is an entry in the Grand Prize Drawing for Movie Passes to StL Cinemas, an iPod Shuffle, or an iPad 2.


Note to Parents

Summer Reading has many goals:

  • To encourage kids to enjoy reading
  • To draw kids and families to the library
  • To reward children and teens who read independently
  • To prevent the “summer slide”—learning loss over the summer

Children who read for recreation are stronger readers and better students. Children who read at least five books in the summer are more likely to start school in September, ready to learn. Children who do not read over the summer actually lose the reading gains they made in the previous year.

Recommended reading, by grade level, is available here, or use Novelist's read-alikes features to tailor your recommendations to your child's interests and reading level. Still not sure where to start? Ask the youth services staff at your neighborhood library.

Summer reading club is made possible by the Library's own program budget and by the support of outside sponsors. The 2013 sponsors are the St. Louis Cardinals, and an LSTA Grant funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the State Library, and the SLPL Foundation. The Magic House is funding programs in the branch libraries, and Family Nights at The Magic House. We also received a generous donation of movie passes from StL Cinemas.

Check the calendar for special performances of The Black Rep's Hip Hop version of Three Little Pigs and three performances of Duck Ugly by Piwacket Theatre, funded by Cardinals Care/Redbird Rookies.