Keep Reading with Our Summer Reading Challenge!

Now through Aug. 7

At Capital Area District Libraries, we know that keeping Ingham County residents reading over the summer is more important than ever—especially for kids. The summer slide is a decline in reading ability and other academic skills that can occur over the summer months when school isn't in session.

Our Summer Reading Challenge is a free reading initiative for all ages:

  • Babies & Toddlers (Ages up to 3)
  • Kids (Ages up to 13)
  • Teens (Ages 10-18)
  • Adults (Ages 18 & up)

This year’s theme is Tails and Tales, celebrating all the ways we connect with animals. We encourage you to explore the world by learning about animal habitats and indulging in fun stories about them. Check out our summer guide. 

Earn points while reading and completing fun activities, resulting in prizes and chances to win special drawings. Each child and teen who completes all levels of their challenge has a chance to win grand prizes like Meijer gift cards, an Impression Five Science Center Family Membership, a deluxe family membership to Potter Park Zoo and tickets for high speed kart racing at High Caliber Karting Entertainment in the Meridian Mall. Babies and toddlers are entered to win early learning toys and an excellent early literacy resource like one of our Raising Reader Backpacks.

2021 Trax Sweepstakes 

In addition to stopping the summer slide, CADL is putting one lucky person into a new ride. Check out all the details on how you can win a 2021 Chevy Trax from Shaheen Chevrolet.

How Does it Work?

It’s easy to track your reading and activity points on our Beanstack website. Here’s a short video about how to log your reading time. If you prefer printed logs you can pick one up at your branch, or print one out here.

When you reach a prize level, pick these up at your branch (find in-person information here), or request one at MyTime to pick up curbside.

Where Do I Start?

CADL offers an excellent selection of books and movies to help you learn about animals. If you’re not a member yet you can sign up online. In addition to reading, we encourage fun activities like searching out squirrels, going for evening walks, answering Potter Park Zoo trivia, and doing an Impression 5 experiment.

Ready to sign-up? Get started here!