Your Ultimate Guide to Summer Reading in Spartanburg

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I am a passionate reader, so I am constantly telling others about how much I love the Spartanburg County Public Library system. I have lived in many different places and been a patron of many different libraries, but our local libraries are the best by far!

Spartanburg County Public Libraries offer an abundance of free events and classes to help our community grow and learn. (Many of these have moved online this year, of course.) During the summer, their calendars are packed full of awesome summer reading events. Parents, if your kids say they are bored or you need a break from entertaining them, then you need to sign them up for the summer reading program.

You can join the Spartanburg County Library reading program by completing your summer reading card (which you can pick up at a library, print at home, or request one be mailed to you). Participants of all ages are invited to read at least 9 books or for at least 9 hours over 9 weeks to win prizes. The prize for kids ages 0-12 is a Frisbee, teens earn a sling bag and sticker, and adults get a wooden cutting board. All readers are also entered into weekly prize drawings. The library is also hosting several virtual events throughout the summer in celebration of summer reading. Also, for kids ages 0-12, each library is offering take-home pick-me-up kits throughout the summer.

Girl and parent enjoying summer reading time

Bonus: More Reading Challenges

Many businesses offer reading challenges for kids with great prizes. Don’t miss these great reading programs.

  • The Scholastic Summer Reading Promise is a FREE online reading program for kids that runs April 26- September 3, 2021. Kids are encouraged to track their reading streaks to unlock prizes.
  • Pizza Hut’s Book It! Program is back! This program is for kids in PreK – 6th grade. Kids can enroll now for the summer reading program called Camp BOOK IT! By logging the reading they complete in June, July, and August, kids earn a free one-topping personal pan pizza. Also, if you’re a homeschool teacher or teacher, you can enroll for a Book It! Program that runs from October to March. This way your students can also earn that coveted pizza prize during the academic year!
  • Clemson University is offering several summer reading programs for both children and adults. Due to the coronavirus, sessions are onlinewhich are specialized for the age group, so the skills will be based on individual needs across fiction and nonfiction materials. For more information or to enroll, call 1-800-964-8888 or visit their website.
  • Barnes & Noble offers their own summer reading program as well. In 2021, Barnes & Noble expanded their program to include kids, teens, and adults. More 2021 details are coming soon!
  • Don’t forget about Chuck E Cheese — read 14 books or for 14 days and get 10 free tokens via their Chuck E. Cheese Rewards program. Bonus: Their rewards program is not limited to summer!

Happy reading!

About the Author
Jennifer relocated to Spartanburg seven years ago, and now spends her days working from home and taking care of her two kids. She loves this area because we can go from rural areas to urban areas to the mountains within an hour. Her favorite things to do with her kids are using their imaginations and visiting Spartanburg County local libraries. Follow Jennifer at

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