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All library locations will be closed on Monday, May 30th for Memorial Day.

Summer Reading 2022

Summer Reading runs from May 31st – July 31st
Register & Complete a Treasure Map or Reading Log to Win Prizes!

Register Your Treasure Map or Reading Log!

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, beginning with our amazing kick-off event on Thursday, June 9!

Join in on the fun by going to our calendar for a list of programs!


KY Saves 529, the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) and the Kentucky Department for Library and Archives (KDLA) are excited to announce the launch of Explore Oceans of Possibilities College Savings Summer Reading Sweepstakes, a special opportunity for families who participate in the 2022 Summer Reading Program. The sweepstakes encourages Kentucky children to participate in the summer reading or summer learning program at their local public libraries and offers a chance to win a $529 KY Saves 529 savings plan account. Each winner’s local library will also receive $500 for future reading programs. Enter at

Summer Reading Kickoff: Pirate Party!

Thursday, June 9th: 10 AM-12 PM — National Corvette Museum

Summer Reading starts here!
Come register for Summer Reading and dig for gold, meet a pirate (and some sharks & goats!), and sail the oceans of possibilities with our community partners!

Free pirate hats will be given to the first 300 kids!

Registration requested. Click here to register.

To register a camp or large group, please email Laura Beth at [email protected].

Kindergarten Readiness Kits will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis
at this event through a partnership with the Early Childhood Council.


Treasure Maps and Reading Logs

Pre-K — Elementary

Teen & Adult

Download and print your treasure map or reading log at home or pick up one from any WCPL Location

Kids receive prizes for each milestone reached along the way to build their very own PIRATE COSTUME — a hat, bandanna, pirate monkey stuffed animal, tattoo, eyepatch, and treasure!

Teens & Adults will receive a WCPL Summer Swag Pack which includes a drink cozie, re-usable straw, and sunglasses.

Kids prizes may be redeemed after each milestone. Make sure to register to be entered into the grand prize drawings!

Register Your Treasure Maps & Reading Logs Here!


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

The options are as follows:

  • Kayak & Oars

  • Family Fun Package

    • Hot Rods suite for 25 & free snacks for a home game of your choice, 4 Lost River Cave & Boat Tour tickets, 10 50% off Beech Bend tickets, 2 Tickets to the National Corvette Museum, and a gift certificate to Conundrum Workshop
  • Local Business Basket

    • Locally curated gifts and goodies from your favorite local businesses!
  • Family Board Game Bundle

    • Guess Who, Trouble, Twister, Apples to Apples, Sorry, Scrabble, Taboo, Clue, & Candy Land

Summer Reading Events•  Purple Food Bus @ Main Library every weekday from 11:20 AM – 12:15 PM •

Printable PDF of the highlighted programs calendar!

Make sure to check out our events calendar for all of our programs during the summer months!

Under the Sea Family Storytime
Wed, June 22nd @ 11 AM
Bob Kirby Branch

PJ’s Pirate Adventures
Magic Show
Sat, July 9th @ 11 AM
Smiths Grove Branch

PJ’s Pirate Adventures
Magic Show
Sat, July 9th @ 2 PM
Bob Kirby Branch

Mr. Bond The Science Guy
Wed, July 13th @ 2 PM
Main Library

Baby Shark Storytime and Meet & Greet
Wed, July 20th @ 11 AM
The Capitol


Create your own stuffed sea creature! Register in advance by clicking on the date below (coming soon):

Author Events

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Jacinda Townsend will speak at the Bob Kirby Branch on Thursday, June 9th at 6 PM. Townsend will discuss her latest novel, Mother Country

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Ruta Sepetys will speak at The Capitol on Thursday, July 28th at 6 PM. Sepetys will discus her book Salt to the Sea.


Virtual Book Clubs

Join in with local author, Court Stevens, as she hosts a virtual book club surrounding her latest book, We Were Kings! Copies of this book are available for purchase at all library locations. Please register in advance here.
Ages 12+

Join #1 New York Times Bestselling Author, Ruta Sepetys, in her virtual book club discussion surrounding her book, Salt to the Sea. Please register in advance and let us know how many FREE copies of her book you need for you and your group! Ages 12+


Free Movies at The Capitol

Kids movie every Tuesday @ 12:30 PM

  • May 31st – Encanto
  • June 7th – Finding Nemo
  • June 14th – Finding Dory
  • June 21st – Swiss Family Robinson
  • June 28th – Little Mermaid
  • July 5th – Moana
  • July 12th – Oceans Documentary
  • July 19th – Shark Tale
  • July 26th – Atlantis

Evening Movies

  • Monday, June 13th @ 6 PM – Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Monday, June 27th @ 6 PM – Oceans Documentary
  • Wednesday, June 29th @ 5:30 PM – Free Willy (after Build-A-Whale program)
  • Monday, July 18th @ 6 PM – Jaws
  • Monday, July 25th @ 6 PM – Aquaman

Walmart, Nat’s Outdoor Sports, National Corvette Museum, Beech Bend, Lost River Cave, Bowling Green Hot Rods, Conundrum Workshop, Azzip Pizza, Tattoo Heartland, Spencer’s Coffee, Community Farmer’s Market, Baked, Chaney’s Dairy Barn, Mellow Matt’s Music and More, Rickman Pottery, Culver’s, WCPR. BGPR/City of BG, BGISD, WCPS, Med Center Health, BRDHD, WKU, Lifeskills, Early Childhood Council, Glean KY, Baker Arboretum & Downing Museum, BikeWalkBG, KHEAA, SKYCTC, Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana, Child Care Aware, Arts for All, Vertical Excape, BG Police, Plano VFD, OFT, Family Enrichment Center, Tennessee Valley Lego Club