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Summer Reading for Youth and Adults

Participate in Fairfax County Public Library's summer reading activities!

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It's Showtime at Your Library!

Kids Read for Fun During the Library’s Summer Reading Adventure

Sign up begins June 13!

Studies have found that reading for pleasure is beneficial for kids in many ways including keeping up their reading skills over the summer and helping them succeed in school.

Fairfax County Public Library helps make reading fun by providing tools, access and incentives during its Summer Reading Adventure. The Summer Reading Adventure runs June 13 through August 31 and invites all children and teens—birth through high school—to read for fun over the summer. The theme in 2019 is “It's Showtime at Your Library!”

The Basics of the Library’s Summer Reading Adventure

Babies through rising third graders read 15 books (kids can have books read to them), rising fourth and fifth graders read 10 books and teens in rising grades 6–12 read five books.

  • Kids and teens can read any books they choose. They can even read free eBooks or listen to eAudio books or books on CD, which are all available through the library.

Kids and teens track their reading online or with a reading log they pick up in any Fairfax County Public Library branch.

  • Find your next book to read using the suggested author tab! These links take you directly to the catalog.

Finish reading the required number of books by August 31 and go to a library branch to pick up your coupon book which has a variety of free prizes and discounts.

  • Over 20 businesses and organizations have provided coupons for free and discounted items to reward Fairfax County children and teens for reading during the summer. Check out our sponsor tab!

The Summer Reading Adventure also includes Special Events and Contests

The library offers lots of fun events all summer long including Chris Michael Magic, Interact Story Theatre, Dinoman, Groovy Nate, Henna Harmony, Historical Swordsmanship and more. There are also several contests for teens, including an essay/poetry contest for rising 7th, 8th and 9th graders cosponsored with the For Love of Country Foundation, Teen Film Festival and the Teen Cover Art Contest.

All events and activities are free. Most events do not require registration.

Ask for signed interpretation or assistive listening devices when you call (TTY users can call 711).

More event guidelines can be found here.

Summer Reading is Cosponsored by Generous Donors

The Summer Reading Adventure is funded through generous donations including $50,000 from the Friends of the George Mason Regional Library, $17,000 from the Fairfax Library Foundation and $7,500 from the Friends of the Kings Park Library.

Reading Logs

Want to know how to log your books? You have options! You may:

  • Log your books online. Sign up via the book log link on the left side of this page or ask a staff member to help you sign up online.
  • Use a paper log that you print yourself. They are attached below.
  • Use a paper log that you pick up in a library branch.

Easy, right? Remember, you can turn in your logs anytime between June 13th and August 31st.

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