Alabama has a Universe of Stories – Kids Summer Reading Program

Ages 12 & Under

Register May 13 - July 17, 2019

Attend free weekly programs during June and July!

Participants who read at least 15 books or 1,000 pages by July 31 will receive a free prize of their choosing and be invited to attend a reward party on Wednesday, July 31.  Participants can earn additional prizes for every 15 books or 1,000 pages they read from May 13- July 31.  All prizes earned during the Summer Reading Program must be claimed by July 31.

Alabama Has a Universe of Stories - Kids Registration Form (Ages 12 & under) -- Complete and return to RCPL May 13-July 17.  You'll receive your first reading log and a copy of the rules & program schedule.

2019 Alabama has a universe of stories Rules and Program Schedule (Ages 12 & under)

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 (Ages 12 & Under)


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2019 Summer Reading Program Schedule (Ages 12 & under)

Please attend the program scheduled for your age group: 1:00 for ages 6 & under or 2:30 for ages 7-12

Most programs last 45-60 minutes.  Parents are welcome to attend. If siblings are in different age groups, choose the time that works best! 

Wednesday, June 5

DDU flyer (photo of Darren) (3)
Didgeridoo Down Under
Join us for Didgeridoo Space Adventure, a high-energy fusion of Australia music, culture, puppetry, comedy, character building, storytelling and audience participation. DDU is interactive, educational, motivational and super fun for all ages!

Wednesday, June 12

Yarbrough's Reptile Program

You’ll see a variety of venomous and non-venomous snakes, lizards, tortoises, a hand raised American alligator named “Sweet Pea”  and even have the opportunity for a hands-on experience with a giant Python during this program!

Wednesday, June 19

Rick Rakestraw - "Jungle Adventures"

This program program features a wide variety of live exotic animals including monkeys!

Wednesday, June 26

Mark Seymour at Rainbow City Public Library
Mark Seymour - "Be-At Your Best"
Mark's program is a high energy drum and music extravaganza featuring over 70 percussion instruments.

Wednesday, July 10Bill Packard Colored Balls (3)
Bill Packard, "The Story Wars"

Bill Packard dressed as a Jedi Master uses magic, comedy, music, puppetry, and video projection in his program designed to entertain, educate, and inspire kids to read.

Wednesday, July 17

Natural History Educational Company of the Midsouth
Galaxy’s WILD Frontiers”

Learn how domestic animals can help us survive and colonize in space.  The program includes a baby mini pig, angora rabbit, prairie dog, kingsnake, pygmy goat and other beneficial beasts. 

July 17 is the final day to register for the Summer Reading Program!

Wednesday, July 24

Arthur Atsma’s Crazy and Amazing
Comedy Magic Show!

Atlanta magician extraordinaire Arthur Atsma’s show weaves cutting edge, fast paced, astonishing sleight of hand magic with mentalism.  Get ready for tricks with cards, coins, comedy, and audience participation.

Wednesday, July 31

If you submit your reading log listing at least 15 books ­or 1,000 pages, you’re invited to attend the reward party today!

Gene Cordova presents “Puppets in Space:  Going Warp Speed into a Galaxy of Imagination!” – Gene uses his unique talents that include storytelling, ventriloquism, comedy illusion and balloon twisting. 
Pizza, ice cream, and beverages will be provided by the Rainbow City Lions Club and area businesses.

All prizes earned during the Summer Reading Program must be claimed by 7pm on July 31.


Program Rules

Alabama has a Universe of Stories” Summer Reading Program is open to all children ages 12 & under.   To participate in the program, fill out the Summer Reading Program Registration Form and return it to the library May 13 through July 17, 2019.  You will be given your first reading log and a program calendar.

You will earn a prize and be invited to attend the Summer Reading Program Reward Party on July 31, provided you read at least 15 library books or audiobooks OR read at least 1,000 pages and return at least 1 completed reading log to the library before the parties on July 31. You can earn multiple prizes by reading more books!

Record the library books you read on the provided reading log BEFORE you return your books to the library.  If your goal is to read at least 1,000 pages, you must also list the number of pages in each book you read.  If you are reading 15 books, please number your list of books 1-15.  Books must be read between May 13 and July 31.  Audiobooks may be counted. 

Only books or eBooks checked out from Rainbow City Public Library or eBooks read via our online catalog may be counted, unless you are registered for our program through a school-sponsored summer camp with access to a school library.  Group participation and registration requires pre-approval from the library’s director.

Before you turn in your reading log, make sure you have listed at least 15 books or indicated you have read at least 1,000 pages. Please include your name on your reading log.

Return your completed reading log to the circulation desk and select a prize on the prize board. Ask for another reading log to begin earning your next prize. 

Reading logs must be returned to the library by 7:00pm on July 31, 2019 to earn a prize.  Prizes will not be available after that time.