Summer Reading Programs: Sign Up, Read, Have Fun and Win Prizes!

Find all the summer reading programs in the NE/North and East Columbus Areas

By Wendy, Columbus Mom and Publisher of NE Columbus Macaroni Kid March 6, 2021

Summer reading programs are a great way for all ages to enjoy reading alone or with each other, with the added incentive of fun prizes and contests. Not to mention, libraries have many fun programs all summer surrounding their summer reading theme (you do not have to be signed up to enjoy the programs). Most summer reading programs are for all ages, from baby to adult.  We enroll our kids every year, and not only do they love it, but they look forward to it.  You can enter as many as you would like, and in fact entering a few different programs makes for fun library adventures all summer.

Below is a list of the summer reading program start dates and/or kick-off parties for local libraries.  We are busy populating the calendar with all the fun summer programs from the libraries, so you'll see those in the weekly eNewsletter and on our website. We've also included some non-library summer reading programs. Find more free and low cost things to do with kids happening every single day in our events calendar Subscribe today to get our FREE once per week eNewsletter and stay in the know. 

2019 Free Summer Reading Programs:
Click on the name of the library to connect to the information and registration page.

Gahanna, New Albany, Reynoldsburg, Karl, Whetstone, Main Branch, Canal Winchester, and Whitehall  (and all other) Branches of the Columbus Metropolitan Library Summer Reading Program: Summer Reading Challenge! Sign up starts June 1st for babies through adults.   Track reading and activities to 
earn badges and some fun prizes. Program runs through August 3rd.  Main library downtown has a kick off event on June 1st -- branches don't have anything listed yet. See our events listing for all the great summer reading events.

Westerville Library Summer Reading Program:  Read and Blast Off is the theme this year. Sign up starts June 1st and the program ends August 3rd.  Stickers are given for every visit, and 32 activities equals a free book (age 0 - 5th grade), teens also receive prizes, as do adults.

Worthington Libraries Summer Reading Program: Kickin' It Old School registration starts May 28th and runs through July 28th. There are many great events this summer - all in our calendar. Program is for children age 0  - 18 and also adults. Various prizes can be earned from both reading and attending events.

Orange Park and Delaware Libraries Summer Reading Program: Universe of Stories It for age 0 through adults. Registration opens June 1st and the program runs through July 28th.  Various prizes will be given at different marks in the program. Orange Branch's launch party is May 31st with musician Zak Morgan and magician Erica Carlson, as well as COSI and ice cream!

Bexley Library Summer Reading Program: Universe of Stories for readers age 0 through grade 12 (adults too). Register in person starting May 31st.  There are many great themed-programs all summer for this program {listed in our calendar}.  There are prizes and raffles to be won by completing the programming. All youth participants will receive a special t-shirt and every household will receive a "Star Reader" yard sign (while supplies last).

Sunbury Summer Reading Program: Universe of Stories - Kick-off event on May 23rd for all ages.  Kick-off event features chance to win tickets to Kings Island. The are all kinds of amazing prizes throughout!

Pataskala Public Library Summer Reading Program: Universe of Stories off event is June 3rd. The program is for kids in 1st through 6th grade can earn a free book. There are many fun events through the summer which we will feature in our events calendar.

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program: Program runs August 1st through August 31st. Children in grades 1st through 6th can earn a free book once they compete their reading journal.

Lifeway's Summer R.E.A.D. Program for Kids: Program runs June 3rd through August 31st and is geared towards kids in grades 1 through 6, and  even toddlers, ages 1 to 5, but all are welcome to join. There is a challenge all kids need to complete, along with their completed journal, and then they redeem prizes.  

Half Price Books Feed Your Brain Program: Kids 14 years and younger can participate,  as well as teens. Reading logs are due August 29th. There is also a program for high school children. Reading is tracked in June and July.

If you know of any we have missed, please feel free to share below or email us at

Find more free and low cost local kid and family events please see our Summer Fun CALENDAR. We gather all of the events for you, so that you have more time to enjoy with your kids. Also check this week's edition for other summer resources, like a Summer Bucket List (with ideas of fun things to see and do in Columbus), Summer Reading programs (where kids can earn free prizes and books), Kids Eat Free nights, and more!  Subscribe today to get our FREE once per week eNewsletter and stay in the know.

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