Register for Summer Reading Program now at this link or at the library!

Library cardholders can now register kids going into grades 1-6 at this link, and kids going into grades 7-12 here.

Or bring everyone to the library today and we’ll get you started! Need a card? This year, all kids in Nodaway County, ages birth through 6th grade outside of Maryville can have a card, thanks to a grant from the Nodaway County Commission. And Maryville kids are covered by local tax funding!

If signing up digitally, it’s important that kids in grades 1-6 stop in to pick up their Badge Books to log their reading and that kids in grades 7-12 pick up their calendar page which will be available on the first day of registration, June 1. Everyone in grades 1-12 who register between June 1 and June 8 will receive an Early Bird Bonus treat from a local restaurant. 

Families can come to the library to sign up for Summer Reading Program, scan the QR code on the signage at the library to digitally sign up on their own, or follow this link: or this link for 7-12 grade:

When students in grades first through twelfth set their reading goal during registration, they may choose to challenge themselves to do their personal best by setting a goal of 50, 40, 30, or 20 days of reading throughout the summer. When they reach their half-way mark, they will receive their first prize which will be a variety of items to choose from in the glass case in the children’s section of the library. Their second prize for grades 1-6 will be an item of their choice from the Usborne Book Fair August 1-6. The second prize for grades 7-12 will be a book from the glass case in the Young Adult section of the library. 

“We really want the kids to have as many choices in this program as possible, so we offer a choice for their challenge level, their halfway prize, and their final completion prize as well as allowing them to choose what, where, when, and how they read,” said Elizabeth Argo, MPL Youth Services Coordinator. “Reading a book, graphic novel, or magazine or listening to an audiobook or family story counts.”

Adults will have the opportunity to choose what they log based on family-style reading or reading to themselves. They will use a coupon system that they will be able to turn in to redeem smaller prizes or to register for the chance at a larger prize in a drawing. The last date to log for all groups is July 31. Prizes can be earned at each level from first grade through adult. 

The before kindergarten group will either continue or begin the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program which runs year-round. Prizes for this age group are awarded at 100, 500, and 1,000 books. Those who complete the 1,000 books program will also get their nameplate placed in a favorite book in the library collection and participate in graduation. Registration for this program runs year-round and can be accessed by stopping at the front desk, scanning the QR Code on the signage for the program, or following this link: . They can then get a log sheet at the front desk or at this link which would require them to print the log sheets themselves:

To celebrate the hard work of kids and families, the library has planned an End of Summer Reading Program party July 30 from 10 am – 2 pm. Refreshments and family games will be provided and sign-ups will be available later in the summer.

“This is a great time to enjoy some games and treats, as well as get any questions answered that you may have,” Argo said. 

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