Summer Reading Program sign-up June 1 for all ages

Summer Reading Program is an on-your-own, do-it-anywhere, totally free reading program for library cardholders. Participants read any books they want and track how many days (Grades 1-12) or books (Before Kindergarten) they read. An adult reading program will also be offered.

“We want people of all ages to enjoy reading and the fun of Summer Reading Program,” Elizabeth Argo, youth services coordinator, said. “Children who see their parents or caregivers reading are sent a powerful message about the importance of books. They learn that it’s an enjoyable activity; not a chore.”

Registration and logging begin June 1 . Once registered, readers can begin logging their reading activity in their Summer Badge Books available at the front desk of the Maryville Public Library. The last date to log is July 31. Prizes must be claimed by August 15. Register for grades 1-6 here: and for grades 7-12 here: . Paper registration is available at the front desk of the Maryville Public Library.

Prizes will be structured differently this summer in order to provide more encouragement throughout the summer. For grades 1-12, readers will be awaded a prize for every 10 days of reading up to 50 days. There will be a maximum of five prizes for each child.

This year the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten participants will be asked to keep track of how many books they read between June 1 and July 31 of the year-round program. They will be given a prize for reading 25 books and 50 books that are only offered during the summer. For the first time, there is also a book which is very similar to the Badge Book in which to log. This program is for all kids in Nodaway County who have not yet entered kindergarten. (This includes those who will enter kindergarten in the fall of 2023). Log books can be picked up at the front desk of the library beginning June 1. Register for 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten here: or at the front desk.

Need a library card? There are several options. All kids who live in a Nodaway County school district, ages birth through high school can get a library card paid for by the Nodaway County Commission using ARPA funds. Click this link to get a card for your child:

For a full access card, bring two items that show your current address and a photo ID.  Patrons  living outside of Maryville city limits can obtain a card for $68, or a 5-book limited use card for $20.  Nodaway County residents who are food stamp eligible can get a 5-book limited use card paid for by the Friends of the Library.  Still have questions, call 660-582-5281.

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