Adult Summer Reading Challenge

Dive in and take the challenge to read this summer! Our 2022 Summer Reading Challenge begins on May 28 and ends on August 6. Join us as we explore the depths of knowledge, swim through a sea of stories, and go fishing for a good book. You’ll earn chances to win one of our fabulous prizes, as well as free tickets to a St. Louis Cardinals game!

But I read all the time! What’s in it for me?
It’s always fun to be rewarded for something you already do! Plus, our reading game sheets have activities that encourage you to try a new author or genre, so this is great opportunity to get out of your reading comfort zone. If you’re stumped on what to try, you can pick a book off of our suggested reading list, or ask one of our friendly librarians for a recommendation!

I don’t have time to read. Why should I participate?
We hear that often from folks who are busy with work, family, and life in general. Some of our previous participants have mentioned that participating in our Summer Reading Challenge encouraged them to find time to read because they had a goal to work towards. We’ve also tried to make our reading game sheet easy to complete, by allowing you to stack activities together. For example, if you read a romance novel for an hour on a Tuesday, then that’s 3 activities completed! Listening to audiobooks is still reading, and with Libby, Hoopla, and your library card, you can download audiobooks to your phone or other device to listen anywhere you go. That’s a great option if you have a long commute or often work alone.

Can my kids or grandkids participate?
Yep, they can participate too! Our Summer Reading Challenge is open to all ages, though we have different game sheets for children and teens and for kids ages 5 and under. Maybe you could challenge each other to see who completes their game sheet first, or finishes the most before August 6!

Okay, you’ve convinced me. How do I sign up?
Fantastic! Or should we say FIN-tastic? Registration for the 2022 Summer Reading Challenge begins on May 28. You can register using the form below, or come by the library and fill out a paper form. Once you’ve registered, we’ll give you a packet containing your reading game sheet and other information. You then have until August 6 to return your game sheet to get a reward and a chance to earn one of our fabulous grand prizes. You can also keep the challenge going by getting one of our bonus game sheets to earn more chances for a grand prize! Plus, we’ll be giving away ticket vouchers for St. Louis Cardinals games this summer!

We’re also planning fun special events, with virtual and in-person options! To check out what we have planned, take a look at our calendar, or sign up for our weekly Wowbrary newsletter!

This project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.