Join the Library Summer Reading Club

​Salem Public Library summer reading club is a fun way for all ages to spend time reading in the summer.  Prizes and activities encourage participants to read for enjoyment, increase confidence, and read a variety of genres.

Every summer, public libraries across the country provide an incentive-based program to encourage kids and teens to read throughout the summer, thus helping to prevent the  "Summer Slide." In addition, the Salem Public Library offers a listening club for pre-readers and their parents to encourage the continued development of early literacy skills that babies, toddlers and preschoolers need in order to become readers. Reading is the most important skill needed for all other lifelong learning.

​Why participate in the Summer Reading Club?

Library summer reading programs are designed to encourage:

  • Spending more time reading over the summer
  • Increasing enjoyment of reading
  • Increasing motivation to read
  • Reading more confidently
  • Ensuring kids return to school ready to learn (and avoid the "Summer Slide")
  • Improvement of reading and  vocabulary skills
  • Perceiving reading to be important

How does it work? 

  1. Sign up online or at the main branch at any Ask Here Desk beginning June 6.
  2. Keep track of the time you spend reading or listening to stories on the reading log.
  3. When you have logged at least 10 hours of reading/listening to stories, visit the Summer Reading Club desk to claim prizes and tickets for chances to win extra special prizes in the summer prize drawings.

What kinds of prizes?

  • the first 10 hours of reading or listening earns you 10 prize drawing tickets for chances to win prizes in one of two Summer Reading Club prize drawings. 
    • PLUS, a backpack, entry to the End of  Summer Reading Club Party in August, and a choice of food coupon!
  • 20 hours of reading or listening earn an 10 more prize drawing tickets and a certificate for a free prize book to be redeemed at the carnival or at the Youth Services Ask Here Desk by early September.

The Salem Library Summer Reading Club is made possible thanks to the Oregon State Ready to Read grant, Friends of the Salem Public Library, and these local sponsors


2017 Summer Reading Club signups begin Tuesday, June 6 and continue through Sunday, July 30. Online registration will be available here beginning June 6.