2018 Summer Reading Programs 4 Des Moines Kids - dsm4kids.com

2018 Summer Reading Programs 4 Des Moines Kids

From local to national, there are many programs that provide guidance, inspiration, incentives and rewards for your kids to keep reading all summer long. The “Libraries Rock” summer reading program at Des Moines area libraries is a great place to start. If you’re looking for more ways to encourage your child to continue reading this summer and some fabulous FREEbies, read on to find out which public libraries and businesses offer summer reading programs to Des Moines kids.

In addition to summer reading programs, Des Moines area libraries offer story times, movies, special events and more all summer long. And the best part is that it’s all FREE! Check back soon for our updated roundup of outdoor summer storytimes in and around the city.

Summer Reading Programs at Des Moines area Public Libraries

Altoona Public Library

Dates: June 3 – August 4, 2018

Details: The Altoona Public Library Rocks! Their summer reading programs are for kids, birth through 6th grade; teens, grades 6th to 12th and adults.  Summer Sign-up Sunday is on June 3rd from 2:30 to 4:30 pm, where you will be able to learn about and sign up for summer programs.  They’ll celebrate the end of their program with a Family Pool Party on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at the Altoona Aquatics Center.  The Library will also host weekly programs and special events throughout summer.

Clive Public Library

Dates: May 21 – July 28, 2018

Details: Clive Public Library’s summer theme is Libraries Rock!  Reading Programs will be available for infants and toddlers, preschoolers, school aged kids to teens.  Kids use journals to track reading progress and one page can be turned in each day to win prizes and attendance to the Big Reading Pool Party on July 28th at the Clive Aquatic Center.  If you have a prolific reader they can get Bonus Reading Logs, which are due August 19th.

Des Moines Public Library

Dates: June 4 – August 11, 2018

Details: DMPL’s Summer Reading Challenge is for readers and listeners, ages Birth-12th Grade.  All participants earn incentives for time spent reading.  Visit any of the branches to sign up.  Libraries will also have entertaining programs such as, live entertainment, animal encounters plus book clubs and plenty of creative art projects. Visit the Des Moines Public Library’s website for a full calendar of events.

Grimes Public Library

Date: June 4 – July 27, 2018

Details: The Grimes Public Library is drumming up a fun summer of reading and programming. They will be offering reading challenges, performers, programs, prizes, and lots of fun for babies to adults throughout June and July.  Kids, complete your summer reading goals and get invited to an End of Summer Reading Party.  Teens can register for their own Teen Summer Reading Finale Party.

Indianola Public Library

Dates: May 29 – July 28, 2018

Details: “Rock Out” this summer at the Indianola Library. Pick up your reading log beginning May 29th and turn it in by July 28th in order to win prizes and an exclusive ticket to their Pool Party at the Indianola Aquatic Center. The Library also has many weekly programs, special events and story walks for kids to add to the fun.  Teens and Tweens can join in FREE special events and contests intended just for them throughout the summer.

Johnston Public Library

Dates: June 2 – July 21, 2018

Details: The Johnston Public Library’s Summer Reading Program Rocks! Kids can earn prizes this summer by reading and completing early literacy activities and enjoy numerous events for kids of all ages. Sign up at the Youth Services Desk and pick up your reading log.

Kirkendall Public Library (Ankeny)

Dates: TBD

Details: Read On! and participate in Kirkendall Public Library’s Summer Reading Program. Readers can pick up reading logs and summer calendars and continue to read until you go back to school.  The Library will also host a number of events and activities throughout the summer.

Pleasant Hill Public Library

Dates: June 1 – August TBD, 2018

Details: Read this summer at the Pleasant Hill Public Library.  All ages are welcome. Sign up to earn prizes for reading and enjoy library programs offered throughout the summer. Drawings will be held in August at the end of the program for children, teens, and adults.

Urbandale Public Library

Dates: June 2 – TBD, 2018

Details: Summer Rocks in Urbandale! 2018 Summer Reading Logs can be picked up starting on June 2nd.  Count the pages you read this summer to earn books and other special prizes.  They will also be hosting many free activities and events throughout June and July.

Waukee Public Library

Dates: TBD

Details: Waukee Public Library’s summer reading challenge is for children, teens and adults.  Reading logs can be picked up at the Library. Once completed, readers earn small, individual rewards. At the end of the program all completed reading logs go into a grand prize drawing.

West Des Moines Public Library

Dates: May 21 – July 27, 2018

Details:   It’s time to R-O-C-K at the West Des Moines Public Library!  All ages (0-adult) are invited to join their 2018 Summer Reading Club: Libraries Rock! Enter contests to win prizes and hit the high note when you meet your reading goals then score an invitation to their final party on Saturday, July 28. Pick up your reading log in the library or register and print online starting Monday, May 21. “It’s easy as ABC.” [mic drop].

Summer Reading Programs at Des Moines area Businesses and Beyond


Dates: April 26 – July 25, 2018

Details: Sync is AudioFile’s summer reading program.  It is a FREE summer audiobook program for teens 13+. Starting April 26, 2018, SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads a week – pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes.  Audiobooks will be downloaded through the OverDrive app.

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program

Dates: May 15 – September 3, 2018

Details: The Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program is here to help kids on their way, encouraging them to read books of their own choosing and earn a FREE book, simply by following these three easy steps:

  1. Read any eight books this summer and record them in the Summer Reading Journal (English or Español). Tell them which part of the book is your favorite, and why.
  2. Bring the completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between May 15th and September 3rd, 2018.
  3. Choose a FREE reading adventure from the book list featured on the back of the journal.

Chuck E. Cheese Reading Rewards

Dates: Ongoing

Details: Children can earn 10 FREE tokens once they’re read every day for two full weeks. Download their Reading Rewards Calendar and other reward charts on their website. Mark the days off with a pen or sticker as your child accomplishes their reading goals. Take the completed calendar to a participating Chuck E. Cheese’s and receive the free tokens.

Half Price Books Feed Your Brain Program

Dates: June & July, redeem by August 30, 2018

Details: Kids 14 and under read 15 minutes a day for a month in June and July. (Grown-ups may read aloud to kids who are still learning.) Complete the reading log provided on their website to track minutes. Once your child has read 300 or more minutes, take the log to a local HPB to claim their Bookworm Bucks on or before August 30, 2018.

Scholastic Summer Challenge

Dates: May 7 – September 7, 2018

Details: Enjoy a “Magical Summer of Reading” with Scholastic.  The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is open to students in all U.S. states, territories, and the District of Columbia for 18 weeks. To participate, students must be registered by an educator, meaning a teacher, public librarian or community organization leader. Once registered, students will receive a username and password from their educator, librarian or community organization leader to log into scholastic.com/summer, and begin logging their summer reading minutes. Students can unlock digital rewards as they complete weekly reading challenges.

Sylvan Book Adventure

Dates: Now – June 30, 2018

Details:  Sylvan’s reading program called Book Adventure is a FREE reading incentive program for K-8 students. Kids create an on-line account, read books, take a comprehension quiz and earn points. They redeem points for prizes. This reading program will come to an end on June 30, 2018.


Do your kids participate in a summer reading program in Des Moines? Tell us about it in the Comments section below. 

Be the first to start the conversation.

Leave a Reply

Text formatting is available via select .

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>