Read for fun and prizes all summer long!

SR 2016 poster outlinesDiscover the Earth this summer through Boone County’s annual summer reading program (June 1 to August 31)
and the national traveling exhibition, Discover Earth: Our Changing Planet (at the Scheben Branch until August 5). Everyone, from birth to adult, is invited to participate in Summer Reading and read for fun and prizes all summer long! Pick up family reading logs for kids and reading tickets for adults at BCPL locations beginning June 1, or register online at


Preschool Program (birth to four years) Reading Buddy

  • Earn a free book after completing 10 activities.
  • Earn coupons to local restaurants and a reading buddy after completing 20 activities.
  • Earn an activity ball and 1 entry into the Preschool Grand Prize Drawings for illuminated globes after completing 30 activities.

After you have completed your 30 activities, earn another entry into the Grand Prize drawings each time you complete an additional 10 activities.

Youth Program (kindergarten to twelfth grade)globe

  • Earn a book of your choice after completing 300 minutes
    (5 hours).
  • Earn coupons to local restaurants and your choice of a
    fossil kit or notebook after reading 600 minutes (10 hours).
  • Earn 5 Library Bucks* and one entry into the Youth Grand Prize Drawings for illuminated globes or a Kindle (provided by Amazon) after completing 900 minutes (15 hours) of reading.

After you have completed your 15 hours of reading, earn another entry into the Grand Prize drawings each time you complete an additional 5 hours of reading.

Watch a short video with Tales, the library’s dragon mascot, and see all of the Youth Reading program prizes.

Adult Program
Everything you read, watch, or listen to earns 1 Library Buck*, 1 entry into weekly drawings for $25 Kroger gift cards and 1 entry into the Adult Grand Prize drawings for illuminated globes.

*Library Bucks can be used at Library book sales and to pay Library fines.

New Interactive Science Exhibit Opens at the Library!

Discover Earth: Our Changing Planet, a national traveling exhibition exploring
a global view of our changing environment, will be on display at the Scheben Branch (8899 US 42, Union) from May 14 to August 5.

The exhibition is free and open to the public during library hours: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.

All ages will enjoy exploring the twelve different interactive stations. Discover Earth makes science fun with hands-on multimedia activities on topics such as weather, the water cycle, and how changes in our local ecosystem impact the environment around the world.

The Library  will offer a related series of events, all summer long, to bring STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programming to children, teens and adults.  View all the Discover Earth events.

“We are proud that Boone County Public Library was selected to be one of eight sites nationwide to host the Discover Earth exhibit,” said Shawn Fry, Assistant Library Director. “We think people of all ages and backgrounds will find that the exhibition explores earth science in a way that is understandable, fulfilling, captivating and relevant.”

Discover Earth: A Century of Change, a traveling exhibition for libraries, is part of the STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net) led by the National Center for the Interactive Learning at the Space Science Institute. Exhibit partners include the American Library Association, the Lunar and Planetary Institute, and Afterschool Alliance. Discover Earth is supported through a grant from the National Science Foundation.