Library Summer Reading Club


The Salem Public Library has Summer Reading Clubs to encourage readers and listeners of all ages - children, teens, and adults - to enjoy reading throughout the summer. Prizes and activities encourage participants to read for enjoyment, increase confidence, and read a variety of genres.

The Salem Public Library also 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.

New in 2019: The Summer Reading Club will now be offered using Beanstack, which allows families and readers of all ages to log and read books for prizes and badges online.

Beanstack logo

Download The Beanstack Tracker by Zoobean at the Apple Store or Google Play.

How the Summer Reading Club works

  1. Visit Beanstack to sign up for the Summer Reading Club. You will need to create a Beanstack account the first time you sign in.

  2. (Optional) Print out a paper reading log to keep track of the time you spend reading or listening to stories.

  3. Track and report reading time, earn badges, and enter prize drawings online.

  4. Beginning June 27, visit the Salem Library to claim reading prizes.

Why participate?

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

When is the 2019 Summer Reading Club?

Mark these dates on your calendar and check the library activity calendar for other Summer Reading Club activities:

June 4 through August 1, 2019 | Register online in June

Start picking up reading prizes
June 27, 2019 | Main Library

Last day to submit online prize drawing tickets
August 8, 2019 | Main Library

A Galaxy of Fun End-of-Summer Party

August 15, 2019 |11 a.m. ​— 1 p.m. | Peace Plaza

Summer Reading Club members (preschoolers to grade 5) who finished and reported at least 10 hours of reading/listening are invited to enjoy games, prizes, food, and other outdoor fun. Note: The prize bookstore opens at 10 a.m. in Anderson Rooms A&B.

A Universe of Stories End-of-Summer Teen Party

August 16, 2019 | 7-9 p.m. | Teen Scene and Floor 1

Summer Reading Club members of middle or high school-age who reported 20+ hours of reading are invited (along with a friend, also of middle or high school age) to this after-hours party with activities, crafts, games, music, movies, snacks, and other fun. This party is also the first chance for 20+ hour readers to choose the free book they earned.

Note: This event is after hours. Partygoers should use the Teen Scene entrance, facing Salem City Hall

Last day to pick up prize books

September 8, 2019 | Children's and Teen Ask Here desks

​What kinds of prizes?

Pre-readers (babies – preschool)

  • 10 hours = a backpack, choice of food or fun coupon, a small prize, and an activity pass to the Galaxy of Fun Party!

  • 10 hours plus 10 early literacy activities = certificate for a free book

Kids (grades K–5)

  • The first 10 hours of reading or listening earns you 10 prize drawing tickets for chances to win prizes in one of in the end-of-Summer Prize Drawing, a special tote, choice of food or activity coupon, and a pass to the end-of-summer party.

  • 20 hours of reading or listening earn 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.

Teens (grades 6–12)

  • 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, as well as a tote and choice of food or activity coupon!

  • 10 additional hours of reading or listening earns 10 more prize drawing tickets,  admission for the reader and a friend to the Teen A Universe of Stories End-of-Summer Party, and a free prize book that can be redeemed at the End of Summer party or at the Teen Scene Ask Here Desk from August 17 to September 8.

  • Read on and earn 1 prize ticket per 10 hours read until the August Prize Drawing closes on Thursday, August 8.

  • Teens can also earn 1 prize ticket for the first time they participate in one of the A Universe of Stories Bonus Activities.


Adults can choose how to earn prizes drawing tickets either by reading (10 hours=1 ticket) and/or completing A Universe of Stories activities (1 activity=1 ticket). After logging 5 tickets on Beanstack, adults earn a Salem Public Library tote bag and a Universe of Stories bookmark. Tickets are submitted online for chances to win gift cards to local businesses or a Kindle Fire.

A1: Slide and Discover: Space Book

A2: Smithsonian Adventures in Space Book

A3: 18" Doll w/ Astronaut Space Suit from Pioneer Trust Bank

A4: DKfindout! Set: Earth, Solar System, & Space Travel

A5: LEGO Creator 3-in-1 Futuristic Flyer

A6: Great Explorations 3-D Solar System

A7: GeoSafari Solar Rover Kit

A8: Mini UFO Hand-Controlled Drone Quadcopter

A9: Revell Star Wars: Last Jedi Poe's X-wing Fighter Kit

B1: LEGO Creator 3-in-1 Shuttle Transporter Kit from Pioneer Trust Bank, (2 prizes)

B2: LEGO Star Wars Visual Dictionary New Edition

B3: LEGO Star Wars Ideas Book

B4: LEGO Star Wars: Choose Your Path Book

B5: Purple Alien Plush w/ Peppa Pig: Night Creatures Book

C1: Doc McStuffins Pack: Two Books & Stethoscope

C2: The Street Beneath My Feet and The Skies Above My Eyes Book Pack

C3: Wimpy Kid Fun Set: The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book, The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary: The Next Chapter, Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid

C4: Mary Downing Hahn Spooky Book Set: The Doll in the Garden, Took, The Girl in the Locked Room

C5: Wings of Fire Graphic Novel Book Set: The Dragonet Prophecy and The Lost Heir

C6: Dog Man Book Set: #4, 5, 6

C7: DC Super Hero Girls Books Box Set

C8: Fablehaven Complete Boxed Set

C9: $10 Gift Certificate from The Book Bin

D1: Travel Games Pack: Spot it!, WikkiStix Traveler, Travel Spirograph

D2: Ukulele Pack: Soprano Ukulele w/ Kid's Uke Activity Fun Book from Pioneer Trust Bank

D3: Leonardo Pop-up Book and Leonardo's Art Workshop

D4: ALEX Sewing Kit, The Forest Die-cut Book, A Year in Nature: Pop-up Carousel Book from Pioneer Trust Bank

D5: $10 Gift Certificate from One Fair World

D6: Origami for Beginners w/ Origami Paper, (2 prizes)

D7: Klutz Star Wars Thumb Doodles Book Kit, (2 prizes)

E1: Math Game Pack: 24 Game, Shape Whiz: a Game of Speed and Geometry, and Vinculum: the Game of Fractions

E2: Senda Amador Training Soccer Ball size 4 from Pioneer Trust Bank, (2 prizes)

E3: Pokemon Tag Team Collector's Tin from Pioneer Trust Bank, (2 prizes)

E4: Karate Party for up to 20 children from Karate for Kids-Salem Martial Arts

E5: $25 gift certificate from Big 5 Sporting Goods

F1: Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs w/ Cooking Tools

F2: $25 Gift Certificate from Fitts Seafood

F3: Free Buffet for Four from Izzy's Pizza & Buffet

F4: $20 Gift Card from Roth's Fresh Markets

F5: Two $5 Gift Cards from LimeBerry South Salem, (2 prizes)

F6: Free Pie Certificate from Willamette Valley Pie Company, (4 prizes)

F7: One Free Slice of Pizza Card in Candy Filled Container from Straight from New York, (7 prizes)

G1: Horse plush w/ Lucky's Guide to Horses & Friendship Book

G2: Paper Lantern Animals, Animals Punch-out Book and Two All-Ages Passes to Oregon Coast Aquarium

G3: Three-Toed Sloth 10" Plush, (2 prizes)

G4: Animal Fun Pack: Children's Animal Atlas, Party Animals, ¡Al agua, patos!(Los Dudús) (Spanish Edition) and Two Day Passes to Gilbert House Children's Museum

G5: $20 Gift Card from Pet Etc.

H1: Two Free Admission Passes from Enchanted Forest

H2: Four All-Ages Passes from Oregon Coast Aquarium, (9 prizes)

H3: Guided Tour for Ten to Bush House Museum (2 prizes)

H4: Two Passes to E.Z. Orchards HarvestFest w/ half dozen donuts from (2 prizes)

H5: Admission for Four to Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum: Aviation building, Space building, and 3D Theater

H6: 18 Ride Punch Card from Salem's Riverfront Carousel

H7: Four day passes to Gilbert House Children's Museum, (12 prizes)

J1: Girl Care Pack: American Girl Skin & Nails Book and DIY Make Your Own Lip Balm Kit

J2: $10 Gift Certificate from 13th Street Nursery, (3 prizes)

J3: LEGO DC Super Heroes Visual Dictionary

O1: OBOB Book Pack 1: Fish in a Tree; Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key; Clayton Byrd Goes Underground

O2: OBOB Book Pack 2: Just Dance; Ramona the Pest; Malala: My Story of Standing Up for Girls' Rights

O3: OBOB Book Pack 3: Stef Soto, Taco Queen; Wishtree; Out of Left Field

O4: OBOB Book Pack 4: Wizards of Once; Fablehaven

O5: OBOB Book Pack 5: Riding Freedom; Paper Wishes; Number the Stars

O6: OBOB Book Pack 6: Aruh Shah and the End of Time; Edge of Extinction: The Ark Plan

Z1: $10 Gift Card from Lifesource w/ Chocolate Bar (7 prizes)

Z2: Swim Party! 5 Day Passes to Kroc Community Center (2 prizes)

Middle School OBOB Pack #1: "The List" by Patricia Forde; "The Blackthorn Key" by Kevin Sands; "The Shadow Cipher" by Laura Ruby

Middle School OBOB Pack #2: "It Ain't So Awful, Falafel" by Firoozeh Dumas; "Falling Over Sideways" by Jordan Sonnenblick; "The Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus" by Dusti Bowling

Middle School OBOB Pack #3: "The Only Road" by Alexandra Diaz; "The First Rule of Punk" by Celia C. Perez; "The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights" by Steven Sheinkin

Middle School OBOB Pack #4: "Frogkisser" by Garth Nix; "The Novice" by Taran Matharu; "The Girl Who Drank the Moon" by Kelly Barnhill

High School OBOB Pack #1: "Long Way Down" by Jason Reynolds; "Strange the Dreamer" by Laini Taylor; "Anna Dressed in Blood" by Kendare Blake

High School OBOB Pack #2: "Six of Crows" by Leigh Bardugo; "Audacity" by Melanie Crowder; "This Moral Coil" by Emily Suvada

OYAN Book Rave Pack: "Darius the Great is Not Okay" by Adib Khorram; "The Hazel Wood" by Melissa Albert; "Pride" by Ibi Zoboi

IB Summer Classics Pack #1: "The Good Earth" by Pearl Buck; "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury; "The Golem and the Jinni" by Helene Wecker

IB Summer Classics Pack #2: "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood; "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury; "1984" by George Orwell

Voucher for 2 tickets to any 2019 Enlightened Theatrics production (donated by Enlightened Theatrics)

Voucher for 2 tickets to any Pentacle Theatre show through April 30, 2020 (donated by Pentacle Theatre)

Gift voucher for two free tickets to a show at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, valid through October 27, 2019 (donated by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival)

$50 gift card for vintage goods at Blast Off! Vintage in Salem (donated by Blast Off! Vintage)

Mahalo alien face, glow-in-the-dark ukulele (donated by Willamette Valley Music Company)

Paint Your Own Pottery bookends with $5 gift certificate toward painting and firing at Create A Memory (donated by Create A Memory - Paint your own Pottery and Fused Glass Studio)

4-pack of tickets to the Oregon Coast Aquarium (donated by the Oregon Coast Aquarium)

A Universe of Stories hardback mini-journal with silver A Universe of Stories pen/stylus

Spiralbound hardcover journal (various themes) with four-in-one pen/stylus/phone stand/flashlight

Angie Thomas Hardcover Two-Pack: "The Hate U Give" and "On the Come Up" by Angie Thomas

Wonderland Inspirations Pack: "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass" by Lewis Carroll; "Splintered" by A.G. Howard; and "Queen of Hearts" by Colleen Oakes

Renegades Hardcover Two-Pack: "Renegades" and "Archenemies" by Marissa Meyer

High School Romance Pack #1: "The Poet X" by Elizabeth Acevedo; "Moonrise" by Sarah Crossan; "Fat Girl on a Plane" by Kelly Devos

High School Romance Pack #2: "When Dimple Met Rishi" by Sandhya Menon; "Once and for All" by Sarah Dessen; "Alex & Eliza" by Melissa De La Cruz

High School Romance Pack #3: "Once and for All" by Sarah Dessen; "Fat Girl on a Plane" by Kelly Devos; "All that I Can Fix" by Crystal Chan

Fantasy Firsts Three-Pack: "The Cruel Prince" by Holly Black; "The Red Queen" by Victoria Aveyard; "Three Dark Crowns" by Kendare Blake

Chris Babu Two-Pack: "The Initiation" and "The Expedition" by Chris Babu

Sarah Maas Pack: Hardcover edition of "Throne of Glass" by Sarah Maas with themed notepad

Kohala acoustic guitar with gig bag (donated by Willamette Valley Music Company)

$25 gift card to Best Buy (donated by Best Buy - Salem)

$25 gift certificate to Big 5 Sporting Goods (donated by Big 5 Sporting Goods)

$10 gift certificate to 13th Street Nursery (donated by 13th Street Nursery)

Reusable shopping bag filled with Trader Joe's treats (donated by Trader Joe's)

RiverCity Rock Star Pack: RiverCity Rock Star Academy hat; cinch sack and a $20 gift certificate to use in our new retail store (good towards guitar strings, guitar strap, drum sticks or accessories, tuner, etc.) (donated by RiverCity Rock Star Academy)

Guided tour for 10 at the Bush House Museum (donated by the Bush House Museum)

One-Time-Use Camera (27 exposures) with certificate for free film development and 1 set of 4x6 prints from the disposable camera at The Shutterbug (donated by The Shutterbug)

Free Slice Card for Straight from New York Pizza in a candy-filled bag (donated by Straight From New York Pizza)

Middle Grade Graphic Novel Pack #1: "Ghosts" by Raina Telgemeier; "Real Friends" by Shannon Hale; "Awkward" by Svetlana Chmakova

Graphic Novel Alarming Futures Firsts: "Last Pick, Vol. 1" by Jason Walz; "Spill Zone, Vol. 1" by Scott Westerfeld; "Space Battle Lunchtime Vol. 1: Lights, Camera, Snacktion" by Natalie Riess

Graphic Novel Tough Times: "On a Sunbeam" by Tillie Walden; "Speak: The Graphic Novel" by Laurie Anderson

Women in History Two-Pack: "Brazen: Rebel Ladies who Rocked the World" by Penelope Bagieu; "History vs. Women: The Defiant Lives that They Don't Want You to Know" by Anita Sarkeesian and Ebony Adams

Graphic Novel Adventure Pack #1: "Delilah Dirk and the Pillars of Hercules" by Tony Cliff; "ANIMUS" by Antoine Revoy; "Piper" by Jay Asher and Jessica Freeburg

Graphic Novel Adventure Pack #2: "Delilah Dirk and the Pillars of Hercules" by Tony Cliff; "On a Sunbeam" by Tillie Walden; "The Prince and the Dressmaker" by Jen Wang

Black Panther Three-Pack: "Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Vols. 1-3" by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Alarming Futures Pack #1: "On a Sunbeam" by Tillie Walden; "Last Pick, Vol. 1" by Jason Walz; "The Invitation" by Chris Babu

Willamette University Bearcats Experience Pack: Drawstring backpack with Willamette University aluminium water bottle; 3 WU T-shirts (Adult S, M, L); 5 vouchers for general admission to any regular season home sports competition for football, basketball, or volleyball; a voucher for 2 tickets to Willamette's 2019-20 season of drama, dance, and music; 4 family passes for the Hallie For Museum of Art; Willamette plastic mug; pennant; large WU magnet; other WU imprinted items (donated by Willamette University)

Willamette University Bearcats Athletic Pack: Drawstring backpack with 10 vouchers for general admission to any regular season home sports competition for football, basketball, or volleyball; red WU Dri-Fit warm-up style shirts (Adult L); Bearcats shoelaces, glasses, mug, plastic cup, stress ball, notebook, stickers, and magnets (donated by Willamette University)

Chemeketa Community College Pack: Brightly colored CCC drawstring backpack with large water bottle, CCC lip gloss and lanyard; and other CCC imprinted items

Portland State University Campus Rec Swag Bag: Canvas tote with 16-oz peanut butter; 1.5 oz. granola; oatmeal cup; mini Schmidt's natural deodorant; PSU mini-notebook; PSU pen; Vikings Athletics bookmark; and PSU button (donated by Portland State University)

$30 gift card from the University of Oregon Duck Store with "Go Ducks!" handtowel (donated by The Duck Store)

Oregon State University Beavers orange T-shirt with logo (Adult L) (donated by Oregon State University)

Reed College pennant with maroon Reed College T-shirt (Adult M) (donated by Reed College)

Reed College pennant with gray Reed College T-shirt (Adult L) (donated by Reed College)

High School Stand-Out Pack: "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini; "The Arsonist" by Stephanie Oakes; "Burn Baby Burn" by Meg Medina

Alarming Futures Pack #2: "The Wrath and the Dawn" by Renee Ahdieh; "Salt" by Hannah Moskowitz; "The Invitation" by Chris Babu

Non-Fiction Hardcovers #1: "Swell" by Captain Liz Clark; "Sneakers" by Rodrigo Corrall, Alex French, and Howie Kahn

Non-Fiction Hardcovers #2: "Swell" by Captain Liz Clark; "Unpresidented: A Biography of Donald Trump" by Martha Brockenbrough

High School Turmoil: "Because You'll Never Meet Me" by Leah Thomas; "The Serpent King" by Jeff Zentner; "Just Wreck It All" by N. Griffin

High School Adventures: "The 48" by Donna Hosie; "Salt" by Hannah Moskowitz; "Vigilante" by Kady Cross

Aspiring Author Pack: "Writing Radar: Using Your Journal to Snoop Out and Craft Great Stories" by Jack Gantos; "Dear Ally, How do You Write a Book?" by Ally Carter; and The Novel Notebook: A Writer's Notebook"

Harry Potter Paperback Three-Pack: "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," and "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" by J.K. Rowling with a themed "When in Doubt, Go to the Library" pencil pouch

Facing Illness Three-Pack: "Five Feet Apart" by Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry, and Tobias Iaconis; "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green; "Everything, Everything" by Nicola Yoon

"Today I'm Reading" Chalkboard Mug with chalk

Harry Potter-wear Pack: Purple "Accio Books" hat with black Deathly Hallows socks

Unicorn Pack: Grow Unicorn toy (just add water) with moldable, sparkly Unicorn Poop a "Dream Big" hardcover, spiral-bound journal

Mad Libs Fun: Mad Scientist Mad Libs pad with four-in-one pen/stylus/phone stand/flashlight

Bigfoot Set: 16-inch tall Dress-Up Bigfoot kit with 28 reusable peel-off vinyl costume items

Coloring Set: A Universe of Stories small coloring journal with set of mini colored pencils

I Love Dustin Pack: Dustin from Stranger Things Chia Pet and Mini Pop Figure

  • $25 gift card for The Book Bin
  • $25 gift certificate for Readers' Guide Bookstore
  • $25 gift certificate for Roth's Fresh Markets
  • $25 gift card for Trader Joe's
  • Kindle Fire Tablet

Salem Public Library would like to give a great big Thank You to the following Summer Reading Club sponsors in our community:

  • 13th Street Nursery
  • Baskin Robbins
  • Best Buy
  • Big 5 Sporting Goods
  • Blast Off! Vintage
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill and Bar
  • Bush House Museum
  • Chemeketa Community College
  • Chuck E. Cheese's
  • Create a Memory
  • E. Z. Orchards
  • Enchanted Forest
  • Enlightened Theatrics
  • Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum
  • Fitts Seafood
  • Get Air Salem
  • Gilbert House Children's Museum
  • Izzy's Salem
  • Jamba Juice
  • Karate 4 Kids/ Salem Martial Arts
  • Kroc Community Center
  • LifeSource Natural Foods
  • LimeBerry South Salem
  • Northern Lights Theatre Pub
  • One Fair World
  • Oregon Coast Aquarium
  • Oregon Shakespeare Festival
  • Oregon State University
  • Oregon Zoo
  • Papa Murphy's Pizza
  • Pentacle Theatre
  • Pet, Etc.
  • Pioneer Trust Bank
  • Portland State University
  • Portland Trailblazers
  • Reed College
  • RiverCity Rock Star Academy
  • Roth's Fresh Markets
  • Salem's Riverfront Carousael
  • Straight from New York Pizza
  • The Book Bin
  • The Duck Store
  • The Shutterbug Inc.
  • Trader Joe's
  • Willamette University
  • Willamette Valley Music Company
  • Willamette Valley Pie Company

Youths and teens can earn tickets for prize drawings by signing up for the summer reading club and logging their hours. Take a peek at the prizes you can win and learn how to sign up online.

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