The Hancock County Public Library is a great place to find books and activities for all ages, especially during the summer months. When kids are out of school, they tend to lose some of what they learned during the academic year. Consistent reading is a great way to counteract that and keep them on track. If you want to keep your kids learning and having fun, check out the Hancock County Public Library Summer Reading Program! 

Summer reading is for everyone!

All ages (even adults) are welcome to join in the summer reading fun at the library. Families will find a variety of options and materials available all summer long for three different age groups: 

  • Kids (babies and toddlers through 5th grade) can be entered to win prizes for every hour they complete reading or listening to someone else read. They will also have the chance to complete 5 hours to earn a free book! 
  • Teens (6th– 12th grades) are challenged to complete 10 hours of a reading to receive a free paperback book and a Libby’s gift card. They can also earn entries into prize drawings for every hour of reading completed. 
  • Adults aren’t left out of the fun! Earn tickets for a prize drawing for every hour you read and work toward a free pizza after 20 hours of reading!  

Just head to the library’s website for all of the details and the chance to register your family!  

Need inspiration?

If you or your kids are still in need of a bit of inspiration to jump start your summer reading, then just ask a librarian. They can help you with their special Kids Stack of Books as well as reading suggestions. Or reserve your stack online via this form so it is ready when you head to the library! They also offer book lists by age on their website for an easy way to find something your kids are sure to get into.  

If you have a kid that just doesn’t enjoy reading and you still want them to dig in to a good story, audiobooks make a great option. Just head to the library’s e-Reading Room online to download audiobooks, ebooks and more for free through overdrive. Graphic novels are another option for kids who prefer the visual fun of reading picture-heavy books but are ready for storylines with a little more meat to them.  

Join in the fun!

The library isn’t just for reading this summer. Remember that there are always fun activities to enjoy for kids, teens and adults. June and July bring make and take crafts, yoga, Mario Kart Tournaments, storytimes, STEAM activities, classes, concerts and more! 

Things are heating up this summer, but the library is a great place to cool down and enjoy a quiet afternoon of reading. Make sure to sign your kids and teens up for the summer reading program and watch them enjoy diving into some great books this season!