Summer Reading

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Readers of all ages and abilities are invited to join us for a summer of discoveries! Where will reading take you?

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  • Summer Reading 2018 is open to all ages. Register online at
  • Runs June 1 - July 31, and features seven theme cards. The themes are: Adventure, Comics, Fantasy, History, Horror, Mystery, and Science Fiction. 
  • Complete any five reading activities on the theme card of your choice and be entered to win amazing grand prizes!
  • After you complete any five on your first theme card, you earn a free book.
  • Keep the adventures going all summer long-- every reading activity completed equals one entry into the Kids, Teens, or Adults Grand Prize drawings! 
  • Missed the Summer Reading kickoff? Don’t worry! You can register anytime up to July 31 and still participate in all the fun themes and earn entries into Grand Prizes. 
  • Non-Boise residents are not eligible for Grand Prizes.

How can I participate?

  • First create your account at Parents or guardians can easily create accounts for their readers. 
  • Pick up your first theme card at any Boise Public Library location. 
  • Summer Reading features seven awesome themes. You can experience them all, or just pick your favorites:

Theme Word Cluster

  • Complete any five reading activities on your first card, and you win a free book and 5 entries into the Grand Prize drawing for your age group! Complete more reading activities on other theme cards to earn more entries. Every activity you complete earns you an entry into the Grand Prize drawings. You can have fun all summer long by exploring all seven themes. 
  • There are three categories for Grand Prizes: Adults (18+), Teens (13-17), and Kids (12 and under).
  • Grand Prize drawings will be held August 1. Winners will be notified via phone or email by August 15.

Reading Suggestions

Need some help finding books for your theme? We've got you covered with reading suggestion lists for all ages.

Coloring Pages

Grand Prizes

Kid's Grand Prize: 

  • Kinetic Sand
  • All About Games $25 Gift Certificate
  • 3D printed Storm Trooper Bookmark
  • Wahooz Mini Golf Passes- 2
  • Barnes and Noble $50 Gift Card
  • Roaring Springs Day Passes- 2
  • 3D printed Spinner
  • Ice World Free Admission – Includes Skate Rental
  • Rediscovered Books $20 Gift Certificate

Teen's Grand Prize:

  • Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) Classic
  • Roaring Springs Day Passes- 2
  • Rediscovered Books $20 Gift Certificate
  • 3D printed Dinosaur Phone Holder
  • Wahooz Mini Golf Passes- 2
  • Barnes and Noble $50 Gift Card
  • 3D printed Unicorn Bookmark
  • 3D printed Handy-Dandy Book Keeper-Opener (for your thumb)

Adult's Grand Prize: 

  • Shakespeare Festival Tickets – 2
  • Rediscovered Books $100 Gift Certificate
  • 3D printed Dinosaur Phone Holder
  • Boise Public Library Mug
  • Dutch Bros $25 Gift Card
  • Boise Classic Movies Tickets Vouchers - 2
  • 3D printed Squirrel Bookmark
  • Idaho Botanical Gardens Event Voucher
  • 3D printed Handy-Dandy Book Keeper-Opener (for your thumb)

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I need a library card to participate in Summer Reading?
    A library card isn't necessary for participation, but we'd love to give you one anyway! Stop by any of our locations for your free library card.
  • What if I have a different library card? Can I still join?
    Yes! Summer Reading 2018 is open to everyone. However, non-Boise residents are not eligible to win Grand Prizes. Find other Treasure Valley libraries here - they have great summer programs, too. 
  • How can I register my children? 
    Create an account on for yourself first, then use the handy built-in tool to add more readers to your account. 
  •  Can my toddler participate?
    Absolutely! Summer Reading is family-friendly and built for all ages. 
  •  I'm going on vacation. Do audiobooks count as books?
    Of course! E-books, audiobooks, e-audiobooks, comic books, books without words, books without pictures, short books, long books... all books count in Summer Reading. 
  •  Do I have to do every activity on my theme card?
    No, you only need to pick five per card for it to be considered completed. However, you absolutely can do them all if you want to! Every reading activity you do earns you one entry into the Grand Prize drawing. Doing all 15 activities on a card means you get 15 entries for the Grand Prize. 
  •  How do I enter the Grand Prize drawing?
    Log the reading activities you do in so you can be included in the drawing. 
  •  How do I get a free book?
    Pick your theme card, complete 5 reading activites, and bring your card in to your nearest Boise Public Library location to pick out your free Summer Reading book. There is a limit of one book per person for Summer Reading 2018. 
  •  If I do all 15 reading activities on every theme card, how many Grand Prize entries do I earn?
    There are seven theme cards, so if you make your summer the ultimate Summer Reading adventure and do all of them, then you will earn 105 entries into the Grand Prize drawing! 
  •  I want to share photos of books and activities I've completed!
    Yay! Share away with the hashtag #BoiseReads. Don't forget to tag us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter: @boisepublib
  • I have a question that isn't answered here.
    We're here to help! Send us an email at, or you can call us or drop by one of our locations. Find our phone numbers and location info here


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