Summer Reading Challenge 2021 Is Here!

Southwest Public Libraries is excited to present another summer of reading and learning fun with this year’s Summer Reading Challenge featuring the theme Tails and Tales. We have a full and exciting slate of performers and entertainers (joining us virtually), programs (virtual), take & make kits, storytimes (virtual), and so much more lined up for you.

Summer Reading Challenge is offered for all ages, babies through adults. Track your reading, attend virtual programs, do online activities, explore library resources, complete missions and quests, and more for the chance to earn prizes.


Click here to sign up online. 

Click here to view the Happenings newsletter with all programs & events.

Click here to view the website calendar.



Beginning June 5, you can register

  • online
  • in person at the library or
  • through the READsquared app

How it works

This year’s SRC will be a combination of virtual programs and performers, online activities, and take-home kits and activities for the continued safety of our community, but have no fear, there’s plenty of fun and opportunities to interact.

  • Babies, Kids, Teens: Earn points for reading, for completing missions and quests, and for participating in programs. Prizes: coupon pack, book, end of SRC raffle.
  • Adults: Read and submit book reviews to earn raffle points for end of challenge gift card raffle. Milestone prize after 5 reviews.

Raffle Prizes (drawn at end)

  • Babies: Fold & Go Barn; Road Rug and Cars
  • Kids: Art Easel; tickets to Kings Island, COSI, or Columbus Zoo
  • Teen: Instax camera; Target gift card; Kings Island tickets
  • Adults: 10 gift card winners ($20 ea.)

Online Performers (Mondays)

 The library invites participants to join weekly performers and entertainers online. Links will be shared on the library's Facebook page.

  • (June 7, 12:00 p.m.) Children’s author Laura Numeroff, best known for the series based on her book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie 
  • (June 14, 10:30 a.m.) Columbus Zoo 
  • (June 21, 10:30 a.m.) TaleWise, a show interweaving stories and science 
  • (July 12, 10:30 a.m.) Turtle Dance Music, a music and comedy show crafted to be inclusive for all children including those on the autism spectrum 
  • (July 19, 10:30 a.m.) Wildlife Encounters, bringing favorite animal characters from books to life
  • (July 26, 10:30 a.m.) Reggie Harris: Music and the Underground Railroad 


In addition, library staff will virtually present a host of special programs, storytimes, book discussions, and more for all ages throughout the summer while also providing ample opportunities to get hands on with a variety of take-home “Take & Make” craft and activity kits.

Explore the Happenings Newsletter or the web calendar to see all events and kits.


Library Hours

Sun 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Mon-Thu      9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Fri 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


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