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. 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.

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Children’s Summer Reading Program

This year’s summer reading theme is “Libraries Rock.” Children (babies through rising 6th graders) are encouraged to read books for fun over the summer and keep track on their summer reading form to earn prizes. Children may keep track of hours or the number of books.

If children read 10 books (or 10 hours), then they will receive a free book. If they read a total of 15 books (or 15 hours), then they will receive a prize. Those that read 20 books (or 20 hours) will receive a second prize! It is an easy, fun challenge.

The library encourages children to participate in the program because “studies show that kids who read during the summer return to school in the fall ready to learn. Sadly, kids who don’t read tend to fall behind, and have a bit of trouble catching up.”

Additionally, the libraries are hosting tons of free programs for children (in addition to their regular story time programs). There are programs for families, young children, and special events for tweens. The events include movies, puppet shows, crafting, games and more. For example, this year they are highlighting the following events:

  • Dakota and Friends (a show with large dinosaur puppets)
  • Professor Whizzpop
  • Critter Keeper

Sign-up for the summer reading program begins on the last day of school. Children can sign up at any Spartanburg County library branch, online via the library website, or in their school media center.

Teen Summer Reading

Teen Summer Reading (TSR) begins June 1st and ends July 31st. This year’s teen program allows teens to design their own program by completing ten challenge options. Each teen can choose which challenges (such as books read and programs attended) to complete his/her challenge card. Upon completion of ten challenges, teens will receive a TSR t-shirt.

The teen department has planned several summer reading programs that are fun and geared at teen interests. Events will be held at all the Spartanburg County library branches.

Plus, this year teencentric returns! This is an exciting after-hours teen event where they will get to meet and have their books signed by some of their favorite authors. Teencentric 2018 will be on July 28th and will include author visits from Nic Stone, Ashley Poston, and H.P. Holo.

In addition to receiving a t-shirt, all complete cards will be entered into a mid-summer drawing for a $150 gift card of their choice. The grand prize drawing at the end of the summer will be a gift card of their choice.

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Adult Summer Reading

Parents, the library also offers an adult summer reading program that functions much like the TSR program. It runs from June 1st to July 31st. Adults will be given a Bingo card with reading challenges. After completing challenges on the Bingo card in either a complete row, column, or diagonal, adults will get a free book of their choice and a $10 fine voucher. Or, you can complete the card (blackout Bingo) for a second free book and an entry to win a new iPad.

If you have not taken advantage of the library’s adult programs, you should try this summer. The library hosts bestselling authors, teaching events, and even yoga classes.

Other Things to Know

You can sign up for both the TSR program and the Adult Summer Reading program online and at any of the Spartanburg County library branches.

The TSR program and Adult Summer Reading program offer a $10 voucher for library fine forgiveness. Wow!

The Kidding Around Spartanburg calendar has several of the summer reading events listed.

There are plenty of free programs for you and your kids to enjoy over the 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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