Calling all Cincinnati Moms!  Let’s help get the word out about the Public Library of Cincinnati and encourage everyone to join Team Read!  Please post on your Facebook, retweet, and recommend to everyone you know!

Put the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County in your family’s playbook this summer, and Join Team Read! Our 38th Annual Summer Reading Program runs from June 1 to July 31 at a Library location near you, and everyone—preschoolers, kids, teens, and grown-ups— is invited to join in the fun.

Your family will flip for the prizes we have on deck! Complete the First Level of the program to receive a book. Keep reading to win more prizes! Team Readers of all ages are eligible for chances to win family four-packs of Cincinnati Reds or Coney Island tickets. Read the most books at your Library location, and you could win a Nook Color e-reader, courtesy of an anonymous donor! One Nook will be awarded to the child, teen, and adult who reads the most at each of our 41 locations.

Summer Reading has other benefits for your family, too. Studies show that library summer reading programs can help prevent the loss of reading skills due to time away from school. Plus, by actually participating in Summer Reading along with their children, parents become reading role models. Research also shows that is one of the best ways to get kids excited about reading.

The fun kicks off with “Tailgate” Kickoff Parties for everyone!

  • Preschoolers, kids, and their families. Decorate your own Team Read pennants and enjoy snacks courtesy of Costco Wholesale on Saturday, June 4, from 2:00-4:00 p.m., at all 41 Library locations.
  • For teens only. Several Public Library locations will also host kickoff parties with board games, video games, food, music, and more.
  • Grown-Ups. On Wednesday, June 1, from 5:00-6:30 p.m., mingle with other adult readers in the Main Library’s “Varsity Club” (Atrium Reading Garden Lounge). Play Reds Jeopardy, hosted by the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum, and win prizes for your Reds knowledge!

It’s free, fun, and easy! Get in the game today by registering online at