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Summer Reading Program Guide - Henry, Clayton, & Nearby

Keep up the reading skills and instill a lifelong interest in reading this summer

By Jennifer Sheran, publisher Macaroni Kid McDonough, Stockbridge, Hampton, Locust Grove June 6, 2022

Summer is a great time to instill a love of reading in your children. There are many opportunities to help them explore different genres and discover what types of books garner their interest.





Local Libraries - Henry County, Clayton County, Spalding County

Henry County Library Ocean of Possibilities Summer Reading Program

Henry County Library has a summer reading program for children, young adults and adults. Sign up online or at your local branch, log your reading minutes and earn badges and do fun activities.

The libraries have opened back up to events and programs indoors so check our events calendar for activities each week.

Clayton County Libraries Summer Reading Program

Mayor’s Summer Reading Club

The Clayton County Library System is celebrating the Mayor’s Summer Reading Club with "I’ll Build a Bookcase" by Jean Ciborowski, and "Atlanta My Home," by local author Breanna J McDaniel and illustrator R. Gregory Christie. Each library will host an interactive program and each family will receive a free book.

Programs:
Northwest Branch June 7, 2022
12:00 pm
3:00 pm
Headquarters Library June 14, 2022
10:30 am
June 16, 2022
10:00 am
Riverdale Branch June 17, 2022
10:00 am
Morrow Branch June 21, 2022
1:00 pm
Lovejoy Branch June 29, 2022
11:00 am
Forest Park Branch July 12, 2022
2:00 pm

Griffin-Spalding County Library

Summer reading Kick-off Party at Griffin Library


Local Business Reading Programs in Henry County






Drip-Thru Coffee 

Drip-Thru is holding its 6th Annual Summer Reading Program for children in kindergarten through eighth grade. Drip-Thru believes reading is “FUNdamental” and should be encouraged over summer breaks. Students in Grades K-8 are invited to read at least 10 books by August 31st.

Parents/Guardians can register their child(ren) at the store via their Customer Loyalty Account or email summer_reading@dripthrucoffee.com. Once the log is completed, emailed and reviewed by staff, the student will receive a FREE 12oz. fruit smoothie!

Dates: June 1–August 31, 2022

Location: Drip-Thru Coffee, 50 Hwy 138 W., Stockbridge, GA

Contact: (404) 784-0188 / summer_reading@dripthrucoffee.com

Cost: Free

Birdsong Books Summer Reading Challenge

Birdsong books is holding a summer reading challenge for young adults and adults. 

The person with the most books read will receive a complimentary gift card from Birdsong Books. You can download a recommended reading list here. To register for the challenge visit https://form.jotform.com/221416859849066.

Children can enjoy Storytime at Birdsong Books every Tuesday throughout the summer.

Story on the Square


National Businesses Supporting Summer Reading






Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program

Kids in grades 1st through 6th are awarded a free book for reading eight books over the summer. They will need to record each books read in this printable journal and turn it in at any Barnes and Noble store between July 1 and August 31, 2022.

Pizza Hut Camp Book It!

Open to students in Pre-K through 6th grade (ages 4-12). Parents set reading goals for June through August. When students meet their goals, they are rewarded with a certificate, good for a one-topping Personal Pan Pizza. For more information about the program, visit the Pizza Hut FAQs page .

Books-A-Million Summer Reading Adventure

Your child can choose any four books to read from the Summer Reading Adventure section, either in-store or online, and record the books in the printable logbook. Return the completed logbook to any store for a free pencil pouch.

Chuck E. Cheese Rewards Calendars

Children will receive ten free Play Points (with food purchase) for reading every day for two weeks. Fill out this printable calendar for each day your child reads and bring it to any location. 

Chuck E. Cheese also offers this and similar programs year-round. In addition to reading, kids can get awards for good grades, doing chores, meeting other goals, birthdays, and other special occasions.

Scholastic Summer Reading

Through August 19th, students can find stories, games, and ebooks at the summer zone in Scholastic Home Base. Home Base is a free digital destination that includes a community of readers. Kids can watch author readings, attend virtual events, earn virtual rewards, and print reading achievement reports. Kids can also do good while reading by finishing reading streaks in Home Base. When they meet their goal, they will unlock a donation of 100,000 books from Scholastic to Save the Children for kids in rural America with limited or no access to books.

The Good and the Beautiful (TGTB) Summer Reading Program

TGTB, a homeschool reading program, has a free summer reading program that is sold out. But parents can download a free reading chart and bookmarks to print at home and provide their own prize. They can also purchase books from the site or get a list to select from the library.

SYNC Audiobooks for Teens

Teenagers may be more interested in audio books because they can listen as they go and they are similar to podcast and other platforms. Teens can get two free audiobook downloads every week this summer via Sora, the student reading app from OverDrive. Enter your email address to register, and you’ll be given instructions to download the app from the Apple App Store or Google Play.