Adventure Begins at Your Public Library: Sign Up for Summer Reading Program Today!

Adventure Begins at Your Public Library: Sign Up for Summer Reading Program Today!

This summer, start your reading adventures at your local public library. From June 1 – July 31, readers of all ages can participate in the library summer reading challenge and attend informative and entertaining programs.

Register for Summer Reading this year by signing up in Beanstack starting May 20. Readers will earn a badge just for signing up. Stop by your local Hillsborough County branch library to pick up your badge.

It’s easy to get started:

  1. Visit
  2. Register early and track your reading starting June 1.
  3. Borrow books from your local branch or download them from

Starting June 1, kids and teens can track their reading minutes, and adults can track the number of books read.

Track your reading progress through the library’s digital platform, Beanstack, or on the Beanstack app. Anyone can download the free Beanstack app for Android ( or Apple ( to get started, or track on a computer on the Beanstack website

After you collect your badge, earn fun rewards for reading.

This Year’s Giveaways are:

Library Summer Reading Program prizes per reading benchmark chart

As you complete each step and enter your reading into Beanstack, visit your local branch to pick up your rewards.

By participating in the library’s Summer Reading challenge, you will also be entered to win prizes.  Several lucky readers will win tickets to ZooTampa and exciting tech prizes such as a Kindle, Apple Airpods and a Nintendo Switch Lite. These prizes will be drawn throughout the summer, and winners will be notified by Aug. 1.

This summer, the library is also hosting performers and programs for all ages. Featured performers include ZooTampa, the Florida Aquarium and MOSI. There will be animal encounters, science and art programs, and shows that will both educate and entertain.

Check out the online calendar of events to view all the summer happenings at your local branch.

In addition to enjoying stories and providing an opportunity for family time, the Library’s summer reading program aims to curb the “summer slide.” Reading over the summer supports children’s educational gains and offers a fun way for kids to continue reading and learning when school is not in session. Young children can build language and reading skills. Teens can be motivated to read and discuss literature.

Children and teens are welcome to read books, magazines, audiobooks, comics, graphic novels and web articles for their reading hours. Here are a few book lists for summer reading this year. Ask your librarian for more suggestions.

Library Summer Reading Program kids showing their artwork creations

Book Lists to Inspire Every Reader:



Niños en Español



Sunshine State Readers

Florida Teen Reads

Share your family’s summer reading adventures with us!

Tag us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @TampaHillsLib #813Reads #SummerReading.

This year’s summer reading community partners are Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative, Hillsborough County, ZooTampa at Lowry Park, Friends of the Library of Tampa-Hillsborough County, Inc. and the Tampa-Hillsborough County Children’s Library Foundation.

Photos provided by Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library | Originally published in the June 2024 issue of Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine.