Summer Reading 2021

#2021 Summer Reading Begins! 

Jacksonville Public Library is excited to host our annual Summer Reading program! Let’s keep reading and learning all summer long. From June 1 to July 30, you’ll be able to participate in limited in-branch programs, tons of interactive virtual events, complete fun activities, participate in challenges, go on scavenger hunts and more! All your reading fun adds up, helping you earn prizes! All of the programs are free and open to everyone.

#Read Every Day

For every 15 days read, youth (ages birth to 17) will earn 1 free book. To help keep track of reading, pick up a bookmark at your local branch – you can even request one through curbside pick up!

#How to Participate:

  • Read 15 minutes a day (or more!)
  • Track your reading with the library’s reading tracker bookmark that you can pick up at your local library
  • After 15 days, bring your tracker and library card into your local library to pick up your free book! (Many of these come thanks to Action News Jax anchorperson Tenikka Hughes’ Tenikka’s Books For Kids book drive!)
  • Record your learning to enter into a prize drawing!

#How to Sign Up:

  • Sign up for Library Academy (for youth ages birth to 17) or Library U (for adults)! 
  • We’ll introduce new and exciting activities to complete through weekly newsletters, videos on Facebook, Instagram, and other platforms every week. As you complete the activities, you can enter into our prize drawings!

#Prizes Include:

Early Childhood

School Age

  • Bathtime with Baby Shark (Baby Shark plush, puzzle and book)
  • Princess Dress Up (Disney Princess dress up clothes and book set)
  • Superhero Dress Up (Superhero capes and book set)
  • Bathtime Bubble Fun (Bath art supplies; markers, paints, and crayons and penguin bath book)
  • Storytime with Pete the Cat (Pete the Cat game, plush and book)
  • Junior Artist (Faber-Castell art set and Art Lab book)
  • Junior Scientist (Magic School bus microscope kit and book)
  • Lego Land (Classic Legos and 5 Minute Build book)
  • Junior Baker (Baking set, cake mix and book)
  • Kid Camper (S’mores set and ingredients and book)


Adults (ages 18+)

  • Boba Teen (Boba set, cup, and cookbook)
  • Manga Mania (Manga drawing set and book)
  • Dirtbikes and Drones (Drone kit and book)
  • Photo Fun (Digital camera, SD card and book)
  • $25 Chamblin’s Gift Card
  • How Long ‘Til Black Future Month by N. K. Jemisin
  • Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them by Francine Prose
  • A journal for you to start your writing journey
  • A pair of Kendra Scott earrings
  • The Art of Star Wars : The Phantom Menace (an excerpt from the book by Jonathan Bresman)
  • Twelve Years a Slave by Soloman Northup
  • $25 Gift Card & free popcorn at Sun-Ray Cinema

#Join us for these upcoming Summer Reading events online and around town:

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