Summer Reading

Blast off with reading during this year’s Summer Reading program! Summer Reading Kickoff is Saturday, June 1.

Summer Reading Kickoff

Join us for Summer Reading Kickoff on Saturday, June 1. Stop by any of our branches for lunch, music, face painting, photo booths, sweet treats and more.

For each age group, the first 150 to register at one of our branches will receive a prize. Highlighter/stylus pens for adults, ear buds for teens and drawstring backpacks for children. The first 150 children and teens to register will also receive a voucher for one ticket to the Florence Freedom Reading is Achieving Night on Wednesday, June 12.

When children and teens (ages 19 and younger) sign up for Summer Reading at one of our branches on Kickoff Day, ALL charges on their library card will be waived!

9 amAll BranchesRegistration Opens
10 am - 2 pmCold Spring & Carrico/Fort ThomasProparazzi Photobooth
10 am - 2 pmAlexandria & NewportFace Painting from Cincinnati Circus Company
Noon - 1 pmAll BranchesGrilled Hot Dogs & Chips for Lunch
Noon - 1 pmAlexandriaMusic -> Cull Hollow: Bluegrass Favorites
Noon - 1 pmCold SpringMusic -> Rachel Rogers as Jean Ritchie: Damsel with a Dulcimer
Noon - 1 pmCarrico/Fort ThomasMusic -> Gerhard Albinus: Accordion Music
Noon - 1 pmNewportMusic -> Chris Comer Trio: Cool Jazz
1 - 2 pmAll BranchesSweet Treats

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Summer Reading Brochure


Summer Reading for Children

Summer Reading Log

Children can complete reading logs to receive prizes all summer long. Color in one of the eight stars on the reading log each time a child completes a challenge.

Challenges include:

  • Newborn – Age 5
    • Read with your child for 15 minutes
    • Attend a children’s program
    • Check out a Play and Read bag and complete the activities listed in the bag
    • Call and listen to Touch Tone Tales
  • Ages 6 – 11
    • Read a book for 30 minutes (or eBook or audiobook)
    • Attend a children’s program
    • Write a letter to Cam
    • Call and listen to Touch Tone Tales

Bring the reading log to any of our branches once all eight stars have been colored in and receive a prize. When you drop off your reading log, you can also enter to win a family membership to the Cincinnati Museum Center. Each branch will give away one membership at the end of Summer Reading! Children may complete as many reading logs as they would like.

Prizes for completing log

Children Programs


Parents may register children for the Summer Reading program and download reading logs online starting Saturday, June 1.

Summer Reading for Teens

For every five hours of reading, teens can enter to win weekly drawings for some great prizes. Once they read a total of 30 hours, they receive a free book and are entered to win the midsummer prize (Google Home Mini) and grand prize (travel telescope)!

Grand Prize for Teens

Weekly drawings include:

  • June 1 – 8
    • Astronaut Ice Cream & Candy
  • June 9 – 15
    • Space Spa Pack
  • June 16 – 22
    • Loot Crate Surprise
  • June 23 – 29
    • Plasma Ball
  • June 30 – July 6
    • Space-themed Board Games
  • July 7 – 13
    • Out-of-this-World Art Supplies
  • July 14 – 20
    • Loot Crate Surprise
  • July 21 – 27
    • Star Wars Nerf Toys

Teen Programs


Summer Reading for Adults

Every time you check out an item or items at one of our branches, you receive one entry for a weekly drawing at each branch. It’s that easy!

Weekly drawings include:

  • Cincinnati Art Museum family membership*
  • Amazon gift cards
  • Cincinnati Opera tickets*
  • City BBQ gift card*
  • Reds tickets**
  • Lowe’s gift cards
  • NKU basketball tickets*
  • TJ Maxx gift cards
  • And many more!

Adult Programs

**Donated by Document Destruction

Tower Tuesdays & Jolly Thursdays

Don’t miss these FREE weekly family events!

*NEW* Tower Tuesdays in June & July at Tower Park in Fort Thomas.

Jolly Thursdays in June & July at A.J. Jolly Park in Alexandria.

Cincinnati Museum Center – Jolly Thursdays 2018

Events include:

  • Honey Hill Farm Petting Zoo
  • Cultural Centre of Cincinnati Bollywood Dance
  • Touch-a-Truck
  • Cincinnati Museum Center
  • MadCap Puppets
  • Circus MoJo
  • Kentucky Reptile Zoo
  • Mr. Cowpie and Farmer Joan
  • And more!


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