Adventure Begins at Your Library – 2024 Kids Summer Reading Program

The program is open to children ages 12 & under. Attend free weekly programs - see our program schedule below!

Register May 13 - June 29, 2024

Participants who read at least 15 books or 1,000 pages by July 10 will receive a free prize of their choosing and be invited to attend a reward party on Wednesday, July 10.  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.

Adventure Begins at Your Library - Kids Registration Form (Ages 12 & under) -- Complete and return to RCPL May 13 - June 29.  You'll receive your first reading log and a copy of the rules & program schedule.  If you prefer, you may register online using Google Forms. Online registration will open May 13.

Adventure Begins at Your Library Rules & Program Schedule (Ages 12 & under)

Adventure Begins at Your Library - Kids flyer (Ages 12 & Under)


View photos from all of our programs on our Facebook page!

2024 Summer Reading Program Schedule (Ages 12 & under)

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

Alabama Nature Center, Nature on Wheels
"Reptiles and Amphibians of Alabama"

Meet and learn about a variety of animals that call Alabama home including a variety of frogs, toads, salamanders, turtles, tortoises, snakes, and alligators.  Animals included are subject to change.

Wednesday, June 12

Rick Rakestraw, "Jungle Adventures"

This popular program features a wide variety of live exotic animals, including monkeys!
Join us to see what animals Rick will bring this year.

Wednesday, June 19

Barry Mitchell
Sam the Turtle presents
"Mis-adventures in Fun With a Chicken"

Mr. Barry's show is a combination of comedy, magic, and puppets.

Wednesday, June 26

Mr. Bond's Science Guys
"STEM Adventure"

In this thrilling show, young scientists will embark on a STEM adventure!  Kids will explode right into a mission that reveals challenges of defying gravity and electrifying obstacles, all while exploring science principles to navigate an escape!  This adventure includes the powerful forces of physics, stunning reactions of chemistry, and much much more!

June 29 is the final day to register for the Summer Reading Program!

Wednesday, July 3Rise Raptor Project

See and learn about raptors including a Eurasian Eagle Owl, American Kestrel (falcon), Red-tailed Hawk, and Barn Owl (raptors included are subject to change).

Wednesday, July 10

Tommy Johns, "Finders Keepers! Your Library! Your Adventure!"
If you submit your reading log listing at least 15 books ­or 1,000 pages, you’re invited to attend a reward party!

Tommy's program features magic, puppets, comedy, and a game show segmennt. Please do not bring guests to a party unless they have completed the program.

Pizza, ice cream, and beverages will be provided by the Rainbow City Lions Club and area businesses.

Summer Reading Program participants may continue to earn prizes until 7pm on July 31.


Program Rules

Our “Adventure Begins at Your Library” Kids Summer Reading Program is open to all children ages 12 & under.   To participate in the program, register online or fill out a registration form and return it to the library May 13 through June 29, 2024.  You may pick up your first reading log and program calendar at the circulation desk at that time.

You will earn a prize and be invited to attend a Summer Reading Program Reward Party on July 10, 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 10. 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.  Books must be read between May 13 and July 31.  Audiobooks may be counted; if you’re counting “pages” for audiobooks, use the number of pages in the physical book.

Only materials checked out from Rainbow City Public Library or 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.  Digital titles are available for checkout with your RCPL card in the Libby App or through the Camellia Net website.

Before you turn in your reading log, make sure you have listed at least 15 books or indicated that you have read at least 1,000 pages. Return your completed reading log to the circulation desk and select a prize from the prize board.  Request another reading log and start earning your next prize!

Reading logs must be returned to the library by 7:00pm on July 31, 2024.  Prizes will not be available after that time.