Children's Summer Reading

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Children's Summer Reading Program 2019
A Universe of Stories

Events and reading incentives to keep children, from babies to twelve year-olds, reading and active all summer. Registration begins Friday, May 24, 2019.

When: Friday, May 24th, 10:00am-5pm 
Where: Smyrna Library, Youth Services

Stop by the Youth Services desk between 10:00am and 5:00 pm on Friday, May 24th to register for the Summer Reading Program and to make a space themed craft to take home. 


READING CHALLENGE: [Read 20 minutes] x [3 days per week] x [8 weeks] = [8 hour reading goal] 

Log onto
Public school children—use your Cobb County Schools student ID to access your account. 
Private and homeschool children— ask a Youth Services staff member for a login ID.
Add the title of the book you are reading to your bookshelf. Click the “log it” button to log how many minutes you read. When you have completed the book, check the “I finished this book” box. Then choose a new book and start again!

Once you have logged 60 minutes of reading for the week (reading must be completed and prize claimed by Sunday of each week), print your log or show us your log using your smartphone, and receive a FREE BOOK! Get a free book each week you complete 60 minutes.  Prizes must be claimed for that week’s reading and cannot be claimed at a later date. Patrons must provide proof of reading; library staff are unable to look up reading  logs on patrons’ behalf. 

After logging 8 hours of reading, you will receive a certificate, a free book, your name on the wall, and entry into our drawing for a bag of books and fun prizes! All end-of-summer prizes must be claimed by Sunday, July  21st!

Is your child not yet a reader?  That’s ok.  We have a challenge for them too!  Sign up for 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. Just read 10 picture books per week to your child, and he or she will earn a weekly prize.

Special events include a puppet show, gardening, Police visits, LEGO and more. See the program brochure or the Library's online calendar for all the details.


Make-It Mondays (5-7 year olds)
MONDAYS, 10:00 AM-Noon

Creativity Club (8-12 year olds) 

Infant & Toddler Storytime (1 & 2 year olds)*
WEDNESDAYS, 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, & 4:00 PM  
*This class is limited to 25 children 

Pre-school Storytime (3-5 year olds) 
THURSDAYS, 10:30 AM & 11:30 AM 

"Hands On!" Fridays (ages 5-12 years old PLUS adult/caregiver) 
FRIDAYS, 11:00 AM 

Infant & Toddler Storytime (1 & 2 year olds):
We share songs, stories, and wrap up each class with a movement activity to allow the children to play while developing their gross motor skills. This class is limited to the first 25 children. We will open the door 15 minutes prior to the start of a program, and we recommend you arrive early to ensure a space in this program. Movers and Shakers will begin when program is full or at start time, whichever is first. Each class lasts approximately 30 minutes.

Pre-school Storytime (3-5 year olds):
Each 30 minute thematic story time includes stories, songs, and a related craft activity. This story time is best suited to children who have yet to attend school as we focus on developing literacy skills; however children of all ages are welcome to attend.

Make-It Mondays: (5-7 year olds):
A drop-in, hands-on activity designed for school-aged children.

Creativity Club (8-12 year olds):
Hands-on, science and art based activities created to reinforce learning and discovery while inspiring creativity and fun! Approximate length of programs are 60-90 minutes. Parents must stay with children at all times.

"Hands on!" Fridays (ages 5-12 year olds PLUS adult/caregiver):
A STEAM series with hands-on activities for elementary and tween children and a parent/caregiver to work together to create something new. The activities will alternate between a science/technology and an arts/crafts focus. These activities require dexterity and focus, so we ask that younger siblings please not attend.