Summer Reading begins June 1!

It’s Summer Reading Y’all!
June 1 to July 31

To help keep everyone safe, our Summer Reading program is now entirely digital! You can participate from the comfort of your own home on your favorite device. We have reading programs for all ages: Preschool (birth to age 4), Youth (K-12th grade) and Adult. The link to the online reading program will be on our home page at beginning June 1. Complete details and prize lists will be available in the online reading program.

We will not be distributing paper reading logs this year, but the Preschool and Youth reading logs will be available on our website to download and print for your own use. Prizes can be picked up at any BCPL location beginning August 1 or earlier, depending on when we can reopen our buildings. All prizes must be picked up by August 31.

Boone County Summer Reading is a collaboration between Boone County Public Library, Boone County Schools and Boone County Parks Department. We have found that by combining our resources and creating a shared vision, we can better serve the literacy needs of our community and more effectively implement the Summer Reading program.

Preschool Program (birth to four years)

  • Complete 10 activities to earn a book.
  • Complete 20 activities to earn a maraca.
  • Earn up to four tickets to enter the drawings of your choice such as a Build-A-Bear gift card, a family hayride and more!

Youth program (Kindergarten to 12th Grade)

  • Read 300 minutes (5 hours) to earn your first digital badge and a book of your choice.
  • Read 600 minutes (10 hours) to earn your second digital badge, coupons from local businesses and 10 Library Bucks*.
  • Complete the Boone County Activities Badge to earn an extra Grand Prize Experience drawing ticket.
  • For every badge you complete you will earn a ticket for a chance to win a Grand Prize Experience such as Kings Island tickets, a ride on a firetruck, free pizza for a year, and more!

Adult Program
Everything you read, watch, or listen to earns one Library Buck,* one
entry into weekly drawings for $25 Kroger gift cards, and a chance to win a Grand Prize Experience such as Kings Island tickets, a Cincinnati Zoo membership, and more!

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

Would your kids like to receive an email from Tales the Library Dragon?

Dear Parents,

At Boone County Public Library we strive to promote the practices of TALK, SING, READ, WRITE, and PLAY through storytimes and activities with our little ones and their families. One of the ways we encourage writing is through Tales Mail. Children write letters to the BCPL mascot, Tales the Library Dragon, and he responds. In our current health and safety climate, we’re excited to offer Tales Mail in a new format. Instead of exchanging handwritten letters we are beginning Tales Mail through email.

We encourage you to talk with your children about what they would like to say to our library dragon. Have them write a letter on paper to be transferred to email. Your child might be in the pre-writing stage. Have them read their letter to you and scribe what they say. Let them see letters being formed. Sound them out together. This activity will promote several early literacy practices as you talk about what is written and then read back to your child. A snapshot of a handwritten letter and/or drawing is encouraged. Tales looks forward to responding to the messages he receives. Please send your child’s email letter to:

We miss our friends and families and hope you are doing well. We hope you take advantage of the many digital resources BCPL offers.

Until we can be together again,

The Youth Services Staff at Boone County Public Library