Summer Reading


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Summer Reading Program for 2017 will take place from June 3 - July 29. More information coming soon!

Summer Reading 2016

Welcome to Summer Reading 2016!

Here on the website, you can access a lot of information about summer reading. If you want to know what's happening around the city, check out the Summer Reading Events page and look to the Events box on the left for a printable program.

What is Summer Reading?

  • A free 6 week program at your library that encourages babies, children, tweens, teens and adults to read throughout the summer.
  • Set your own reading goal, read at your own pace wherever you're most comfortable, and visit the library once each week to collect fun incentive prizes.
  • There are free programs and workshops in our libraries all summer long.

How do I join?

  • Visit your local ABQ-BERNCO Library from June 3 to July 29.
  • Fill out a registration form at the Summer Reading Desk, or register online on our website.
  • Babies, Kids, Tweens and Teens will receive a reading log, bookmark and a schedule of summer activities.
  • Adults will receive a reading card and a schedule of summer concert events.

How Do I Earn Prizes?

Babies & Kids (0-8 years), Tweens (9-12 years) and Teens (13-17 years) can visit their library every week to earn a different incentive. Bring in your reading log to show us what you have accomplished! There will be a Tween grand prize drawing at each branch and a system-wide grand prize drawing for Teens. Tween and Teen grand prize drawing entries are earned by attending special events held at Library branches.

Adults (age 18+) can submit completed reading cards any time. Weekly prize drawings will be held at each branch. There will also be a system-wide grand prize drawing at the end of Summer Reading.

Why is Summer Reading important?

Studies have shown that children who read during the summer generally maintain their reading skills and that children who see their parents read, or who read with their parents, generally score higher on standardized tests.

Reading is important for everyone in the community, regardless of age, and reading is a skill that grows with practice throughout a lifetime. It's free, easy to do because you read whatever you like at your own pace, and it's a fun, easy, zero-risk way of showing your support for the public library and its services.

Summer Reading Events

Passport to the Libraries!

ABQ-BERNCO Library Passport

Visit different library branches and be entered to win a great prize!

Step 1: Visit any branch to receive a library passport

Step 2:  Take your passport when you visit different branches and get it stamped by staff.

Step 3:  When you have at least 5 different libraries stamped, show it to a library staff person to get an entry form. (Entry forms earned at 5, 10, and 15 stamps.)

Step 4:  Visit 5 more branches to get entered again! (up to three prize drawing entries allowed per passport.)

All completed entry forms will be entered into a special family prize drawing for a Fuddruckers party for up to ten children and two adults.

How can I support Summer Reading Program?

How can I support the Summer Reading Program?

All of the great Summer Reading prizes, performers, and events are paid for with the generous support of the Friends for the Public Library, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.

You can make a donation to support the Summer Reading Program.

Please visit Friends for the Public Library for information. 


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