Summer Reading Program 2022

June 1 – August 13, 2022

Become a world explorer this summer! Join the Grand Rapids Public Library to discover the people and places that make our world so special.

Track your reading journey on your map and get inspired with fun events and activities. Complete your reading map to earn a prize pack. 


1. Sign up

Sign up for our Summer Reading Program to begin your journey. You will be automatically entered into a raffle to receive a Golden Ticket to John Ball Zoo. A Golden Ticket admits you and two guests to a special day at the zoo that includes animal encounters, a scavenger hunt, and storytime. Winners will be randomly selected and notified by July 31.

2. Use your map to track your reading journey.

Mark each day you read on your map to track your path across the globe. Read for 30 days to receive your finisher prize – tickets to John Ball Zoo or a gift card to Vault of Midnight. Available while supplies last.

3. Participate in fun activities.

Explore the cultures of the world with our free, interactive events. Dig deeper with librarian recommended reading lists and digital collections.

4. Complete your reading map and claim your prize.

Return your completed map to any GRPL location to claim your prize pack. Prizes are available beginning August 1, 2022.


Events for Kids & Teens

Enjoy free programs for kids (ages 0 – 11).

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Reading Map

Stop by any GRPL location to pick up your Reading Map or print one from home.

Continents of the World Craft Kits

Available June 11 – August 13, 2022

Each week, grab free take-home craft kits for kids ages 5 and up! Included in the kit is all the materials you need to help explore and learn about our fascinating world! Each week features a different culture and continent. Craft kits can be picked up using GRPL To Go, our curbside hold pickup service, or can be picked up at any GRPL location. Available while supplies last.