SummerFest and BoiseReads

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Our brand-new SummerFest program is designed for both avid readers and hands-on learners. Readers and adventurers of all ages and abilities are invited to join us for a summer of discoveries, activities, and prizes. 

We're also debuting a new, community-wide reading program: BoiseReads!

Tell me more!

  • SummerFest is open to all ages. Register online at
  • Runs June 1 - July 31, and features seven themed Discovery Tracks.
  • Complete activities each week to enter Grand Prize drawings. 
  • All registered participants are also automatically entered into weekly prize drawings.
  • Non-Boise residents are not eligible for Grand Prizes.
  • Missed the SummerFest kickoff? Don’t worry! You can register anytime up to July 31 and still participate in all the Discovery Tracks and earn entries for Grand Prizes.

What's BoiseReads?


One city, reading together.

  • We're betting our community can read 50,000 books this summer! Will you help us reach our goal?
  • BoiseReads is a new, all-ages, community-wide reading program. From June 1 - July 31, simply track all the books you read at
  • Audiobooks, e-books, graphic novels, comics, and picture books all count towards our goal of 50,000 books!
  • Follow us online for progress updates! Our handle is @boisepublib, and we're on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.

How can I participate?

  • First create your account at Kids, if you don't have your own email address, then your parent or guardian can create an account for you. 
  • Choose the programs you want to enjoy this summer. You can pick SummerFest or BoiseReads, or complete both programs at once! 
  • SummerFest features seven awesome Discovery Tracks. You can experience them all, or just pick your favorites:
    Discover Science: June 1 - 11
    Discover Art: June 12 - 18
    Discover Outside: June 19 - 25
    Discover Boise: June 16 - July 2
    Discover Reading: July 3 - 9
    Discover Coding: July 10 - 16
    Discover Your Library: July 17 - 23
    Celebration Week: July 24 - 31
  • Complete five themed activities for each Discovery Track to enter the Grand Prize drawings. You can use our activity ideas in your Beanstack account, or go wild and create your own! 
  • Each Discovery Track has its own Grand Prize for 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.
  • Everyone is eligible for weekly prize drawings, even if you haven't finished any Discovery Tracks yet! Weekly prize raffles will be drawn each Monday starting June 12. Winners will be notified on Mondays via phone or email.

What kinds of prizes could I win?

Thanks to our generous sponsors, we have some amazing weekly prizes and Grand Prizes to give away this year!

  • Each Discovery Track has its own themed Grand Prize for adults (18+), teens (13-17), and kids (12 and under). The Discovery Coding Grand Prize features robots of your very own, and the Discover Art Grand Prize includes art supplies to create your next great masterpiece. The Discover Reading Grand Prize will open up new worlds for you with gift cards to your friendly neighborhood bookstore, Rediscovered Bookshop. We've got a TON of other fantastic Grand Prizes - stay tuned for announcements!
  • Weekly prizes will include fun items like gift cards to restaurants, businesses, and events in our lovely city of Boise.
  • Pick up a different coupon to a local business or restaurant each week at your Boise Public Library branch! New coupons will be available at the Main Library each Monday, and available on Tuesdays at branch locations. Coupons are one per customer, and quantities are limited. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I need a library card to participate in SummerFest and BoiseReads?
    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 - it only takes a couple minutes!
  • What if I have a different library card? Can I still join?
    Of course! SummerFest and BoiseReads are 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 I do SummerFest and BoiseReads?
    Absolutely! The programs are designed to work together. Did you read any on-theme books for a Discovery Track? You can count them as your weekly activities and count them towards our BoiseReads goal!
  • What if I just want to read books?
    You can read all summer long and still get the full benefits of SummerFest and BoiseReads. Just complete Discovery Tracks by reading five on-theme books of your choice each week during SummerFest, and you can track your books in BoiseReads to contribute to our goal of 50,000 books. 
  • 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


Our sincere thanks to our sponsors!

Our community partners help make SummerFest and BoiseReads possible. Let's thank them for their support!

The wonderful Friends of the Boise Public Library is our major SummerFest sponsor. Thank you, Friends!


Thanks also to the generous support of of these local businesses and organizations:

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In case you're curious...

Participation in the 2016 Boise Public Library Summer Reading Program:

  • 3,604 kids, teens, and adults
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