Summer Reading Program

Are you ready to dive into "Oceans of Possibilities" during this year's Summer Reading Program? The annual Summer Reading Program will be held at St. John the Baptist Parish Libraries from Wednesday, June 1, through Friday, July 15, 2022. The Summer Reading Program offers creative and fun ways to build a love for reading.

The Summer Reading Program is a great way for kids, teens, adults, and families to bond and develop a love of reading and learning. By participating in the program, you:

  • Are motivated to read.
  • Develop positive attitudes about reading, books, and the library.
  • Maintain or improve reading skills during summer vacation.
  • Have access to fun learning experiences.
  • Can make new friends and more!

Sign up at your local Library location or use our Online Registration Form starting June 1. Then read books and earn rewards for tracking your reading and meeting goals! There are reading challenges and incentives for participating. In addition, we offer online and in-person programs to beat the summer's heat.   Visit one of our library branches for FREE programs, workshops, Storytimes, and performances for all ages throughout the summer. Find all program listings in our Event Calendar and our Bookmark newsletter.

Here are a few ways to keep reading, learning, and having fun through our libraries this summer.

  1. Read on the Go with E-books and Audiobooks, using our library's digital checkout for audio and e-books. 
  2. Attend a Show or Activity. Talented performers like the Kabuki Dancers and the St. John Theatre will perform. Please check our calendar for more details. In addition, please take advantage of our free puppet shows, craft activities, weekly movies, and other demonstrations that will be held. We will offer craft kits-to-go, STEAM kits, and virtual programs for families who want to take a more cautious approach. We will also provide outdoor story times. 
  3. Learn a New Skill. Summertime can be an excellent time for kids, teens, and adults to explore a new skill. Our libraries offer items beyond books and movies. Explore our databases to learn a new language or even pick up a new hobby. The sky's the limit at your local library, no matter your interest.
  4. Express Your Creativity. Enjoy summer and year-round programming for every type of kid. Our libraries offer story times in two languages and early literacy activities for preschoolers. In addition, our libraries are innovating programs to engage youth in everything from gardening to encouraging reluctant readers. There's something at the library for everyone.

Find Books and More for Kids

  • Find children's books, DVDs, CDs, and more in our catalog.
  • Kids Digital Library - This free collection of e-books and audio books is for kids of all ages. It's a mix of fiction and non-fiction titles, graphic novels, and more!
  • TumbleBookLibrary - A collection of children’s ebooks with more than 1100 titles for grades K-6, including unique animated, talking picture books, read-along chapter books, National Geographic videos, non-fiction books, playlists, as well as books in Spanish and French. Plus, the collection features Graphic Novels - a student favorite!

Find Books and More for Teens

  • Teen Book Cloud - The collections includes graphic novels, enhanced novels, eBooks, classic literature, national Geographic videos, educator resources, and audiobooks.

Find Books and More for Adults

  • hoopla
    Hoopla allows adults to instantly borrow e-books, comics, audiobooks, music, movies and television with no holds, and no waiting. And there's no need to worry about late fees; hoopla features an automated service that returns your item once your time is up. Content can be streamed to computers, tablets or smartphones, and can be downloaded to mobile devices to allow for offline viewing any time. You can check out up to 6 items from hoopla each month.
  • Overdrive
    OverDrive is a collection of e-books, digital audiobooks, and interactive digital magazines offered by the library. E-books and audiobooks can be downloaded to your computer, tablet, (including Kindle), or mobile device. OverDrive e-book titles can be read online using OverDrive and audiobooks can be listened to online using OverDrive Listen. Streaming video is also available! Mobile and tablet customers, download the OverDrive app for iOS and Android.

For a full list of all Summer Reading Programs, please refer to our online calendar.