2021 Summer Reading

Summer Reading Challenge 2021: Reading Colors Your World

Challenge Dates: June 5 - August 14
Pre-registration begins May 26

Welcome to Tacoma Public Library’s Summer Reading Challenge 2021! We’re delighted to have readers of all ages join us. This year’s theme is “Reading Colors Your World!” 

This year, we are offering a virtual reading log option! You can log reading and activities on a computer or mobile device by visiting the Beanstack website, opens a new window or downloading the Beanstack app, opens a new window. For more information on using Beanstack, visit our Beanstack FAQs, opens a new window.

If you don’t have access to Beanstack, opens a new window, you can request a paper log by visiting a branch during our open hours, opens a new windowYou can also download and print Reading Logs from home! Find the Reading Log for your age level and fill it in by reading and completing fun activities.

Whether you track your reading using Beanstack or a paper Reading Log, make sure to stop by a branch during our open hours, opens a new window to pick up your pencil and sticker signup prize!

When you've completed the Beanstack challenge or paper Reading Log, stop by a branch during our open hours, opens a new window to collect your completion prize starting on Tuesday, June 22. Those who complete the Summer Reading Challenge will earn their choice of tote bag or yard sign. Prizes are available while supplies last.

The last day to complete the challenge is Saturday, August 14. The last day for Beanstack users to pickup prizes is Saturday, August 31.

Thank you for joining Summer Reading Challenge to Color Your World with TPL this summer! 

Tracking Reading with Beanstack or a Reading Log

There are two ways to track your reading and activities this summer. Once you create a Beanstack account or pickup/download a Reading Log, make sure to stop by a branch during our open hours, opens a new window to pickup your pencil and sticker signup prize.

Completion

When you've completed your Beanstack or paper Reading Log, stop by a branch during our open hours, opens a new window to collect your completion prize starting on Tuesday, June 22. those who complete the Summer Reading Challenge will earn their choice of tote bag or yard sign. Prizes are available while supplies last. The last day to complete the challenge is Saturday, August 14. The last day for Beanstack users to pickup prizes is Saturday, August 31.

Summer Reading Events

Programs and activities will be offered in a variety of formats:

  • Live Virtual Programs Using Zoom - Please check our Upcoming SRC Event listings for more information and to register. Some Zoom programs may require picking up a physical supply kit.
  • Program Kits - Program kits are a fun way to bring our arts and crafts activities home with you - there is no live program element. Please check our Upcoming Program Kit listings for more information and to register.
  • YouTube Videos - YouTube videos will be released throughout the summer and will then be available on demand through our YouTube channel, opens a new window along with a selection of always available YouTube programs.
  • Outdoor Programs - Registration is required for our in-person outdoor programs and are dependent on weather conditions and Pierce County being in Phase 3 or beyond.
  • & More! - See our Featured Activities, opens a new window below for more ways to participate in the Summer Reading Challenge.

Upcoming SRC Events

Upcoming Program Kits

Featured Summer Reading Events

Featured Activities

Creative Kits

Creative Kits

Looking for something fun to do this Summer? Our Youth Services Librarians have developed creative kits with themed activities for all ages.

Bookmark Contest

Summer Reading Bookmark Design Contest!

Enter the 2021 Bookmark Design Contest! Create a design with the theme of “Reading Colors My World” on our bookmark template.

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Northwest Room Scavenger Hunt

Use Tacoma Public Library's Northwest Room eresources to complete this fun scavenger hunt!

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Explore Tacoma Scavenger Hunt

Discover new places and interesting historical facts in Tacoma with the Explore Tacoma Scavenger Hunt!

Staff Picks

2021 Summer Reading List for Birth - Preschool

2021 Summer Reading List for K-2

2020 Summer Reading List for 3-5

2019 Summer Reading List for Grades 6-8

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For more Tacoma Public Library staff picks, visit:

Thank you to our Summer Reading sponsors!

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