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Summer Reading

May 23-August 1, 2024

Adventure begins at your library! The Summer Reading Program encourages kids and teens to read books and explore fun, educational and creative programs and activities with the Wichita Public Library all summer long!

Summer Reading Has Begun!

Stop by your favorite Wichita Public Library location to register and get all the supplies for pre-readers, kids, and teens, including a calendar filled with awesome programs all summer long!

You can track your Summer Reading progress online by visiting Wichita Public Library's Beanstack site or by searching for Wichita Public Library on the free Beanstack app. If you've never participated in one of our reading programs online, sign up in Beanstack by filling out some basic information, and then you can enroll in Summer Reading and other Wichita Public Library challenges.

Visit Beanstack

Pre-Readers (Birth-Preschool)

Families can include their youngest kids in the reading fun! Pick up a bubble log with stickers from the library and see how often you can read, play, and learn together. Once you meet your goal, visit the library from June 27-August 1 to collect special prizes!

Kids Read (Kindergarten-5th Grade)

Set your own reading goals this summer and use our new adventure map to track your reading progress and complete fun challenges! Once you meet your goal, visit the library from June 27-August 1 to collect your prize pack and be entered into a grand prize drawing!

Teens Read (6th-12th Grade)

Set your own reading goals and track them with a customizable journal. Once you meet your goal, visit the library from June 27-August 1 to collect your prize pack and be entered into a grand prize drawing!

Adult Summer Reading

Build your own challenge this summer! Print out a Wichita landmark coloring sheet/checklist. Complete 5 out of 20 possibilities in Beanstack and earn a free open play coupon to Chicken & Pickle (while supplies last). Adult finishers will be entered in a grand prize drawing for tickets to Roxy's Downtown and a gift card for food and more fun!

Important Summer Reading Dates

  • Thursday, June 27: First day prizes are available for pickup.
  • Thursday, August 1: Last day of Summer Reading Program. Prizes cannot be guaranteed after this date.

Beanstack

Track your progress on our Beanstack website, or download the free Beanstack app for your Android or Apple mobile device.


Friends of the Library Bookmark Contest

The Friends of the Wichita Public Library invites kids and teens to submit artwork for a bookmark contest this summer!

Create your bookmark on a piece of paper (3 inches x 8 inches) and turn in your bookmark creation to your favorite Library location by 5 p.m. Thursday, August 1.

Winning bookmarks will be printed and handed out to Friends bookstore shoppers and members, and available at Library locations!

Put your name, phone number and email on the back of your creation!


Summer Events & Guest Performers

Bring the family for exciting musicians and thrilling adventures with performers from across the country! For a list of all summer events for kids, teens, and families, visit our events site.

STEMusic promotional photo
STEMusic Concert
Wednesday, June 12, 10:30 a.m.
Advanced Learning Library, 711 W. 2nd
The Uncle Devin Show promotional photo
The Uncle Devin Show
Tuesday, June 18, 10:30 a.m.
Advanced Learning Library, 711 W. 2nd

Tuesday, June 18, 1 p.m.
Linwood Elementary School, 1654 S. Hydraulic
Didgeridoo Down Under promotional photo
Didgeridoo Down Under
Monday, June 24, 2:30 p.m.
Alford Branch, 3447 S. Meridian

Tuesday, June 25, 6:30 p.m.
Evergreen Community Center and Library, 2601 N. Arkansas
Ms. Niki's Music Class promotional photo
Ms. Niki's Music Class
Thursday, June 27, 2 p.m.
Angelou Branch, 3051 E. 21st

Thursday, June 27, 6:30 p.m.
Rockwell Branch, 5939 E. 9th
Curious Circus promotional photo
"Curious Circus," Presented by Inspyral Circus
Tuesday, July 9, 10:30 a.m.
Advanced Learning Library, 711 W. 2nd

Tuesday, July 9, 2 p.m.
Evergreen Community Center and Library, 2601 N. Arkansas
STEMusic promotional photo
Bridge Building with STEMusic
Monday, July 22, 2 p.m.
Walters Branch, 4195 E. Harry
123 Andres promotional photo
123 Andres
Friday, July 26, 4 p.m.
Evergreen Community Center and Library, 2601 N. Arkansas

Saturday, July 27, 10:30 a.m.
Alford Branch, 3447 S. Meridian

Summer Reading 2024 Sponsors

Thank you to our prize sponsors:


Summer Reading 2024 Grand Prizes

Kids Read and Teens Read finishers are entered into grand prize drawings for:

  • 2 family memberships to the Museum of World Treasures
  • 3 private golf cart tours of the sculpture collection at the Ulrich Museum of Art*
  • 1 kids day pass or 1 teen day pass to Sedgwick County Zoo
  • A deluxe swag package from the PBS Kansas Cochener-Garvey Children's Education & Discovery Center:
    • PBS Kansas Cochener-Garvey Children's Education & Discovery Center T-shirt
    • PBS Kansas Drawstring Backpack filled with fun PBS KIDS items
    • Private tour of the PBS Kansas Channel 8 studios
    • DIY STEAM Activity Project
    • Opportunity to be included in an on-air promotion for the PBS Kansas Education Center
  • Two family sets of tickets (4 seats each) to Wichita Symphony Orchestra

*The winner of the Ulrich Museum of Art Award (with parent/guardian) will receive a private tour of the renowned Ulrich Museum of Art, Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection. Imagine riding around the picturesque Wichita State University campus on a golf cart, accompanied by knowledgeable docent guides who will unveil the stories and secrets behind each magnificent sculpture.

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