A Stellar Summer of Reading

Readers have been boldly going where many love to go – to the Library – to take part in this year’s Summer Reading Program: Dare to Discover. We’re just a few weeks away from the July 31 wrap-up, but patrons have already rocketed past 6,000 registrations! If you or your family haven’t yet signed up, there’s still time. Visit kclibrary.org/summerreading, get registered, log your five books, and claim your prize. We've also organized some other Summer Reading highlights and resources to showcase this year's celestial reading celebration. 


Read 5 books, earn your prize!

Reading is always a reward unto itself, but who doesn't like bonus encouragement? Participants of this year's Summer Reading program are clearly thirsty for some good books, as the prize cups for each age level are taking off! Kids ages 0-5 can earn a sippy cup, youth and teens ages 6-18 get a light-up plastic cup, and adults 18 and older can claim a pint glass.


Summer Reading prizes        


Need more book recommendations to fill your summer days (as well as your Summer Reading log)? Our staff at Library mission control have put togther a number of reading (and viewing!) lists featuring moon men, female tech pioneers, spaced-out sci-fi, and more.


Summer Reading events & Activities

When you're done reading your books poolside and you're ready for some other brain-stimulating fun, the Library offers a cosmic collection of book groups, family programs, film series, signature events, and other activities that you can take part in. 



A lot has happened since Summer Reading launched -- here are just a few of the many highlights! See what people are saying about their Summer Reading experience -- share yours on social media using the tag #kcSummerReads.

What's really out of this world? No more fines on overdue materials. Library director (and aspirational astronaut) Crosby Kemper III recently spoke about the new Freedom from Fines policy on KCUR 89.3 FM's Central Standard.

About Freedom from Fines

Writer Claire L. Evans, a contributor to Vice, The Guardian, and Wired and former editor of the multiplatform Motherboard, shared stories about the unsung female visionaries who’ve helped write the story of the internet and related technology in a discussion of her book Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the InternetEvans spoke at the Central Library on July 8, 2019; you can listen to audio from her presentation

About the book     Program audio

Crosby Kemper II, AstroDirector

Library Director Crosby Kemper III prepares to launch into an interview. ( photo credit: Melody Rowell)
Claire Evans, Broad Band
Claire Evans spoke about the vital role women played in the history of computers, the Internet, and other technologies.

North-East Branch staff showed off some astronaut art skills at the annual Chalk Walk Festival in the Historic Northeast neighborhood this past spring.

Youth at the Southeast Branch had a blast getting crafty by creating bottle-sized, glittering galaxies.

North-East Chalk Walk

Moon walks and Chalk Walks.
Galaxies in bottles arts and crafts
Colorful galaxies come from arts and crafts time.

 Mayor-elect Quinton Lucas signed up for Summer Reading, courtesy of the Bluford Branch!

Children's entertainer Jim "Mr. Stinky Feet" Cosgrove performed a moon-rockin'  concert in Central Youth Services in June. Cosgrove's next appearance will be at the Plaza Branch's Friday Night Family Fun on July 26.


Quinton Lucas signs up for Summer Reading

Mayor-elect Lucas adds to his TBR pile.
Mr. Stinky Feet performance
Performer Jim Cosgrove rocks the Library.
Many patrons are celebrating their Summer Reading achievements on social media - make sure you don't miss out on the fun, and get signed up for Summer Reading before it ends on July 31!

Summer reading social share
Summer reading social share

Summer reading social share
Summer reading social share

Summer Reading social share