Summer Reading Club 2024

Summer reading club logo with a book that's also a tent - all other info repeated on page

Summer Reading Club 2024 is an adventure for all ages! It's a fun (and free) way for everyone to enjoy the library together. It's especially great for families (including grandparents and grandchildren). We'll share photos here from time to time, but you can find LOTS more onlibrary Facebook pages (TADL, TADLKids, East Bay, Kingsley, Fife Lake) for more photos!

People gathered outside the library
Children playing outside the library

How to Sign Up

  • If you do not have a Beanstack account and would like one (it's free!) - create an account and accept the challenge (see note below).
  • If you already have a Beanstack account the challenge Summer Reading Club 2024 is already there waiting for you. Just accept it for each and every reader in your household who wants to participate!
  • If you want to participate using a paper log just visit your TADL library and pick up a log - or print one at home
  • Visit your library (Woodmere, East Bay, Kingsley) for a free kids or teens t-shirt (first come first served only) while supplies last.

However you sign up, make sure to get our six-week newsletter and get all the details on our can't miss, free summer programming sent straight to your email. One email per week for six weeks, then we delete the list. It will give you all the upcoming events AND reminders on turning your reading minutes for prizes.

Each department and library is planning fantastic things for the summer, click the buttons below to learn more.

 

Why is summer reading important?

Our theme this year highlights how you can open a book and travel into a new place and time - a real adventure!

It's important to both relax AND read over the summer. Summer is a great time to read whatever you find fun! For students this is especially important, because it helps maintain those important reading/comprehension skills built up over the school year. 

Keeping reading skills in tiptop shape is important for adults too!

TADL Summer-Theme Reading Lists

Youth Services

Reading & Literacy Resources (Non-TADL Websites)

Upcoming Summer Reading Club Events

This event is in the "Youth" group.

Storywalk @ TADL Main - How I spent My Summer Vacation

06/15/2024 @ 9:00am - 06/21/2024 @ 6:00pm
Main Library - Traverse City
Library Branch: Main Library - Traverse City
Room: Southwest Garden @ TADL Main Library
Age Group: Youth
Program Type: Summer
Event Details:

Take a walk around the library and read a book with your family. This is a great way to get outside, be active, and get some reading in.

This event is in the "Youth" group.
This event is in the "Tweens" group.
This event is in the "Teen" group.

Free Feeding America Sack Lunches - Kids & Teens

11:00am - 12:30pm
Main Library - Traverse City
Library Branch: Main Library - Traverse City
Room: Lobby @ TADL Main Library
Age Group: Youth, Tweens, Teen
Program Type: Civics & Community, Cooking & Food, Summer
Event Details:

Our friends at Feeding America West Michigan are providing free sack lunches for any child or teen in need this summer - starting with Summer Reading Club! We will be handing out lunches in the lobby each weekday from 11 am to 12:30 pm.

This event is in the "Youth" group.
This event is in the "Teen" group.
This event is in the "Families" group.

Free Community Lunches

12:00pm - 1:30pm
Kingsley Branch Library
Library Branch: Kingsley Branch Library
Age Group: Youth, Teen, Families
Program Type: Civics & Community, Cooking & Food, Summer
Event Details:

Gather 2 Grow is Feeding America West Michigan’s summer lunch program serving youth at local libraries across Grand Traverse County and beyond!

This event is in the "Youth" group.
This event is in the "Tweens" group.
This event is in the "Teen" group.

Free Feeding America Sack Lunches - Kids & Teens

11:00am - 12:30pm
Main Library - Traverse City
Library Branch: Main Library - Traverse City
Room: Lobby @ TADL Main Library
Age Group: Youth, Tweens, Teen
Program Type: Civics & Community, Cooking & Food, Summer
Event Details:

Our friends at Feeding America West Michigan are providing free sack lunches for any child or teen in need this summer - starting with Summer Reading Club! We will be handing out lunches in the lobby each weekday from 11 am to 12:30 pm.

This event is in the "Youth" group.
This event is in the "All Ages" group.
This event is in the "Families" group.

Clubhouse at East Bay

11:00am - 1:00pm
East Bay Branch Library
Library Branch: East Bay Branch Library
Age Group: Youth, All Ages, Families
Program Type: Crafts/Games/Hobbies, Play/Just for Fun, Summer
Event Details:

Drop in to the Summer Reading Clubhouse in the yard at the East Bay Branch Library for games, snacks, prizes, free books and more!

This event is in the "Youth" group.
This event is in the "Teen" group.
This event is in the "Families" group.

Free Community Lunches

12:00pm - 1:30pm
Kingsley Branch Library
Library Branch: Kingsley Branch Library
Age Group: Youth, Teen, Families
Program Type: Civics & Community, Cooking & Food, Summer
Event Details:

Gather 2 Grow is Feeding America West Michigan’s summer lunch program serving youth at local libraries across Grand Traverse County and beyond!

This event is in the "Youth" group.
This event is in the "Tweens" group.
This event is in the "Teen" group.

Free Feeding America Sack Lunches - Kids & Teens

11:00am - 12:30pm
Main Library - Traverse City
Library Branch: Main Library - Traverse City
Room: Lobby @ TADL Main Library
Age Group: Youth, Tweens, Teen
Program Type: Civics & Community, Cooking & Food, Summer
Event Details:

Our friends at Feeding America West Michigan are providing free sack lunches for any child or teen in need this summer - starting with Summer Reading Club! We will be handing out lunches in the lobby each weekday from 11 am to 12:30 pm.

This event is in the "Youth" group.
This event is in the "Teen" group.
This event is in the "Families" group.

Free Community Lunches

12:00pm - 1:30pm
Kingsley Branch Library
Library Branch: Kingsley Branch Library
Age Group: Youth, Teen, Families
Program Type: Civics & Community, Cooking & Food, Summer
Event Details:

Gather 2 Grow is Feeding America West Michigan’s summer lunch program serving youth at local libraries across Grand Traverse County and beyond!

Newsletter

Sign up here to get our special edition Summer Reading Club newsletter every Friday for the coming week!

Frequently Asked Questions

This free, all ages, program runs June 10 - July 21, with a finale party July 22 in Hull Park.

Sign up!

Sign up opens June 1. Signup at your library or, if you are already in Beanstack, accept the "Summer Reading Club 2024" challenge for all your participating readers.

Read!

Start reading any time and log your minutes either in Beanstack or on your paper log. Report your minutes each of the six weeks by Sunday at 5 pm.

There's also lots of fun to be had, with free programs, events and parties!

Get prizes!

Prize programs vary by age and library, contact your library for details.

 

Beanstack Users - Please see the links at the bottom of this page for a video.

Paper Logs - Take your log to your library to report your minutes.

Each participating library has a slightly different way of doing prizes, depending on reader age and other factors. Here are links to contact each library/department for details on the 2024 prize program.

Use the blue buttons at the top of the Summer Reading page to visit each one!

Yes! We do have some paper logs if you prefer, just ask at your library for a copy.

No, but we would love it if you get one! It's the easiest way to get lots of great books to read over the summer. It's easy, tadl.org/getacard.

2024 Sponsors & Supporters

Thank you to the following community partners who've stepped forward to support our 2024 summer program!

Open book with Friends of the Traverse Area District Library
  • Chic-Fil-A
  • GoGo Squeez
  • Horizon Books
  • Pirate's Cove
  • TC Pit Spitters
  • Jimmy Johns
  • Moomers
  • Elev8
  • Oryana
  • Culvers
  • Dennos Museum
  • Paddle TC
  • Centre Ice
  • Taco Bell
  • Grand Traverse Pie Company

Printable Resources

Logs

  • All Ages - Paper Log ( Link )

Posters

  • Younger Reader Poster/TCAPS ( Link )
  • Teen/TCAPS Poster ( Link )
  • Adult Reader Poster ( Link )

Beanstack - How To Videos

Beanstack is our free reading tracker! Use it as an app on your phone, or on a computer, to record your reading minutes and enter our prize drawings. 

Visit tadl.beanstack.com to sign up. It only takes a few minutes! Remember, you can always ask a librarian to help you get signed up.

Photo collage of summer 2023 with crowds at the library