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Summer Reading runs May 28 – August 3

Summer Reading is a summer reading program provided by WCPL. Its purpose is to engage individuals & families in activities all summer long! The goal is to prevent the “educational slide” that can occur in school-aged children during breaks. We also strive to promote community engagement and familial bonding through interactive programs provided throughout the months of June and July!

THRIVE Family Camps

Free and fun for the entire family this summer with WCPL & WCPR!

Join in on the Fun

Check out our calendar for a full list of all of our summer programs!

Reading Logs

All completed reading logs will be entered into a grand prize drawing of your choice!

THRIVE Pop-ups

The THRIVE team is out and about, visiting the community all summer. Find out where!


Many thanks to Vid Monster for this amazing video and to all of the vendors, organizations, and community heroes who made this early June event at the National Corvette Museum possible!


Pickup a Summer Reading Log at any WCPL location or download them below!

Check back during Summer Reading for download link 


Check back during Summer Reading for download link 


Completion Prizes

Kids who complete their Reading Road Trip will receive the following milestone & completion prizes:

  • 1st Milestone: Toy Car or Skateboard
  • 2nd Milestone: Airplane Glider
  • 3rd Milestone: Cloth Bookmark & Food Coupons (Culver’s & Texas Roadhouse)
  • Final Milestone: A WCPL Fanny Pack & Free Book of their choice

Kids prizes may be redeemed after each milestone.

Adults/Teens who complete their Summer Reading Bookmark Log will receive:

  • A WCPL Fanny Pack
  • Coupon for a free book of their choice at Capitol Books


Participants get to choose which grand prize drawing they would like to be enrolled in!

Hot Air Balloon Ride for 2

  • Must be 5 years of age or older to participate
  • Must be able to travel to Louisville, KY

20″ Kids’ Bike

donated by Wal-Mart
  • Wheel size is 20″
  • Rider height: 4’2 – 5’0

Skateboard with
Soft Cruiser Wheels

donated by Howard’s

Win a $529 College Savings Account!

KYSaves will award four $529 college savings accounts to Kentucky children and young adults 18 years old or younger. In addition, each winner’s local public library will receive $500 toward future youth reading programs.

Sweepstakes runs May 13- Aug 10

THRIVE Family Camps with WCPL & WCPR!

Free and fun for the entire family this Summer!

Please note: These summer camps are for the WHOLE FAMILY! Please register at least one adult with your group. Suggested age range is rising 3rd-6th graders, but all are welcome.

Every Tuesday of a camp week will be hosted at The Capitol for a thematic movie!

Registration is required!


Purple Food Bus @ Rice Library

Weekdays: 11:20 AM – 12:15 PM

Starts Monday, June 3rd!

Check Out All of Our Events This Summer!

Be sure to view our events calendar for everything WCPL & The Capitol this summer!

Storytimes in the Park

Every Tuesday @ 12 PM

in Fountain Square Park

Storytime at
the Historic Railpark

Join us every Monday
in June @ 9 AM

Free Movies at The Capitol

Catch a free flick at The Capitol all summer long


Click on event titles for details & registration!


Paw Patrol Movie + Meet & Greet
with Chase & Skye

Tuesday, May 28 @ 12:30 PM
The Capitol

Summer Reading Kickoff: Launch Party!
Thursday, June 6  |  9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
National Corvette Museum

Planetarium Party +
Star Wars Meet & Greet
Thursday, June 13  |  12 PM – 5 PM
Buchanon Park

Petting Zoo Party
Tuesday, June 18  |  2 PM – 4 PM
Smiths Grove Branch

STEM Party & Science Show
Thursday, June 27 @ 12:30 PM
Phil Moore Park

Thursday, June 27 @ 6 PM
Bob Kirby Branch

Nature Party & Petting Zoo
Thursday, July 11 @ 12:30 PM
Buchanon Park

LEGO Party
Saturday, July 13  |  9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Smiths Grove Branch

Paw Patrol Storytime +
Meet & Greet with Chase & Skye

Friday, July 19 @ 10 AM & 2 PM
The Capitol

Pirate Party & Magic Show
Thursday, July 25 @ 12:30 PM
Buchanon Park

Adventure Express Magic Show
Thursday, July 25 @ 6 PM
Bob Kirby Branch

Build-A-Bigfoot +
Harry & the Hendersons Screening
Wednesday, July 31 @ 6:30 PM
The Capitol

Mission Complete: Summer Reading Finale
Thursday, August 1  |  9 AM – 12 PM
Aviation Heritage Park


Jim Cantore
Monday, June 3 @ 6 PM

Jeff Hammond of NASCAR
Monday, June 10 @ 6 PM
The Capitol

Author Jennifer Moorman
& Love Hudson-Maggio
Sunday, June 16  |  3 PM – 4:30 PM
Bob Kirby Branch

Summer Solstice
Thursday, June 20 @ 7 PM
The Capitol

Author Sherri Smith & Elizabeth Wein
Sunday, July 7  |  3 PM – 4:30 PM
Aviation Heritage Park

Booked for the Summer
with authors Collen Coble, Rick Aker, & Denise Hunter

Thursday, July 11  |  6 PM – 7:30 PM
Lisa Rice Library

Author Michelle Kazmer
Monday, July 29  |  6 PM – 7:30 PM
Bob Kirby Branch

Cocktails & Cryptids
Friday, August 2 @ 6 PM
SOKY Marketplace

Bigfoot Mini-Con
Saturday, August 3  |  10 AM – 5 PM
The Capitol

Beer & Bigfoot
Saturday, August 3 @ 6 PM
SOKY Marketplace


Special thanks to the Friends of the Library, whose generosity and support make Summer Reading possible! Thank you to all of our sponsors and supporters!