Homegrown Stories | 2021 Summer Reading Program | June 1 - August 15
LEARNING & GROWING START AT HOME
- Sign up yourself or the entire family.
- Earn a FREE BOOK just for signing up!
- Read five books between June 1 and August 15, 2021. Titles can be official Suggested Reading picks for youth, teens, or adults, but you can read any five books in any format – hardcover, audiobook, eBooks, graphic novels. Everything counts!
- Log your five reads online using the Beanstack service or the Beanstack Tracker mobile app (iTunes Store | Google Play).
- Earn a prize:
- Sippy cup
- Light-up cup
- Pint glass
- And be sure to share your Summer Reading experiences on social media! Follow the Library’s accounts, and tag your posts with #kcSummerReads.
Summer Reading Activities
Pop In at the Park
Visit with Library staff at the 2021 Pop In at the Park series! We’ll be helping readers of all ages sign up for Summer Reading, offering resources for families, and more.
Share and Discuss Online
Share your Summer Reading experiences!
Snap photos of the books you’re reading or post social media updates, plus track the latest Library happenings on our blog. Be sure to tag the Library in all your posts and use the hashtag #kcSummerReads.
SHOW-ME SHELF HELP
Want more book ideas for your Summer Reading?
Our librarian story squad can offer some reading suggestions just for you. Try the Library’s Shelf Help service and get a customized list of recommendations tailored to your tastes.
In a field in central Missouri grows a burr oak tree that’s been around for hundreds of years. By the time Missouri became the 24th state on August 10,1821, the tree was already old, tall, and strong, with deep-dug roots. It’s survived floods, droughts, and lightning strikes, and has managed to dodge human happenings such as the Civil War. Today it's a beloved part of the local landscape, in large part because of its history and story.
As the centuries-old tree has been fed by soil, water, and sunlight, so our minds are continually nourished by reading. Books and stories sow ideas, empathy, and knowledge, giving us fuel to learn and grow. And reading to (and along with) children helps create an enriching environment, setting them up with essential life skills. The love of reading and learning sprouts by bringing books into our homes.
Through our vital programs and services, the Library creates conditions and connections that give anyone a chance to thrive, which strengthens the fibers of our Kansas City community. We want your homegrown story to reach its greatest potential, and the seeds of your success can be found at the Library.