What it is

The Summer Reading Program encourages reading for fun. MPL has programs for a range of ages:

  • Infants-preschoolers: Goal is 1 hour a week

  • Incoming kindergarten-6th-graders: Read 2 hours a week

  • Teens: Incoming 7th-graders to just-graduated seniors: Goal is 3 hours a week

  • Adults: Read 5 hours a week

  • Carey Friends: Read 2 hours a week; for adults served by Carey Services & others with special needs

Reading includes books and audio books. Reading to someone else counts for both the reader and the one hearing the story. Put on an audio book in the car or while you're working around the house - everyone who's there counts the time.

Sign up

Sign up through the new Reader Zone app, either by downloading it on your phone through App Store or Google Play. It is also available through the Reader Zone website. 

MPL's code: 9cb31


Participants may sign up themselves, or parents can sign up all the kids. Hang onto the account because we will be using it for other reading activities.

Program & prizes

Here's where it's really different:

It's 4 weeks, June 15-July 18. Drawings for prizes will be July 20. We will not have weekly prizes, though there will be prizes for those who complete the reading hours.

Children and teen participants have grab-and-go art projects available. Also, check Facebook for virtual programming – storytimes, STEAM Challenge, Book Looks. The Magic Imagination show by Daniel Lusk will be uploaded to the MPL Facebook Event page for 5 days starting at noon June 30. He also will offer magic lessons each week starting June 9.

Adults have optional puzzles and activities for fun, but they do not earn prize entries. All participants who finish will receive one entry toward the prizes. Traditionally our sponsors for the adult program donate prizes. Sadly, most were closed during the quarantine. We are purchasing prizes from these businesses instead of asking them for donations. These local businesses - ones that have supported schools, charities, & teams – deserve thanks for years of helping.


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