Join us for
Summer Reading!

Colorful illustration of people reading, listening to books

Join the Pierce County Library System for a Summer of Stories!

Participate in the Summer Reading program June 1 through Aug. 31. 

This year we are celebrating people and the diverse communities we serve, expanding the concept of reading to include how we engage in stories, through both reading and shared experiences. To participate, pick up a reading log and read books or participate in activities to earn prizes*.  Activities might include reading, attending programs, listening to books or music and much more! Read, participate, connect and enjoy all the Library has to offer!

Summer Reading is important for everyone!

Research tells us that when kids choose their own books they are more likely to develop their reading skills and build a love of reading for enjoyment. Watching adults and other family members engage in reading or sharing stories also encourages kids to read, and we know reading sets kids up for success in life.

Learn How to Participate

Track days you spend reading or participating in activities this summer. There are two ways to track participation.

Option 1: Visit one of the 19 Pierce County Library locations to pick up a printed reading log that can be filled out. Bring coupons in at appropriate milestones to pick up your prize.

Option 2: Track your time through Beanstack. Log in, create an account or download the app to your device. Complete and track reading assignments. When you’ve reached a prize milestone, simply come by your Pierce County Library and pick up your prize*.

While we encourage everyone to read, we also want people to enjoy Library experiences. Printed reading logs have many options for participation. Talk to your Library staff for ideas on how to participate.

Earn Prizes*

This year kids and teens can earn books for prizes* and adults can earn a book bag for participation. All prizes are provided thanks to the Pierce County Library Foundation.

  • Pre-Readers = One book for finishing an activity sheet.
  • Beginning Readers = Three books, one at 15, 30 and 45 days of participation.
  • Independent Readers = Three books, one at 15, 30 and 45 days of participation.
  • Teen Readers = Choose your own reading goal. Three books, one for each goal completed.
  • Adult Readers = One book bag for completing a Bingo.

*All prizes available while supplies last. 

Find Reading Suggestions

Not sure what to read?  Try one of our 10 to Try Reading Lists for suggestions.

For e-books and downloadable audiobooks, visit the Digital Collections page.

About the Artist

The Library engaged artist Angela Larsen to create artwork for Summer Reading: Summer of Stories. Angela has a background in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts, Fiber Arts and Arts Education and has done murals and illustrations for Pierce County businesses and organizations. Angela is a local artist who lives and works in Tacoma. She has painted murals in Seattle and in the Tacoma area. Angela uses her artwork to connect with others around body positivity, social justice and feminism and her images reflect the wide range of diversity, inclusivity and experiences of our local communities.

Summer Reading artist Angela Larsen

Frequently Asked Questions

Everyone! We have programs for kids, teens and adults.  Even if your child is too young to read on their own you can sign up and read with them! Or participate in activities and attend programs.

Registration is not required. Pick up a paper reading log at one of the 19 Pierce County Library locations starting June 1.  Or participate online using Beanstack or the Beanstack app.

Every day you read or participate in identified activities counts towards earning prizes*. Simply log your participation in a paper tracker or online through Beanstack.

*While supplies last

We have programs for everyone: Pre-readers, beginning and independent readers, teens and adults! Choose the best one for you!

No, you do not need a library card to participate, although we encourage everyone to get a free library card.  A library card provides additional access to the digital collection including e-books and downloadable audiobooks. Explore this website or ask a Library staff member to see if you qualify for a library card.

Yes! Reading e-books, listening to audiobooks or someone read to you counts.

Yes! Children who can’t quite read on their own can participate. We recommend our Pre-Reader and Beginning Reader logs. Listening to reading also counts.

Kids and teens earn books for prizes while adults earn a book bag.  All prizes are provided by the Pierce County Library Foundation. All prizes are available while supplies last. 

Participating helps encourage healthy reading habits and contributes to a life-long love of reading. Selecting your own books to read encourages us to read for enjoyment. Reading over the summer helps children keep their skills up and generates interest in books and literacy.

Be sure to ask a staff member if you have questions. We are always happy to help!

Florence B. Kilworth Foundation