Summer Reading Club



Summer Reading Club is a seven-week program that celebrates and promotes reading. Each branch of the Central Arkansas Library System will host programs weekly for kids and teens. This year's theme, "Fizz Boom Read", will encourage participants to explore science, nature, and technology, as well as many great books. We'll be learning and playing all summer long with storytimes, experiments, musical shows, magic, and more. All you need is a library card!

Participants can register and receive Summer Reading Club materials, attend programs at any of the branches, and attend special events and celebrations throughout the summer.

Fizz Boom Read for Kids

The Summer Reading Club is a fun way to include reading and related activities into summer family time. It helps children maintain and improve reading skills. So, join the Summer Reading Club at any Central Arkansas Library System location as we experiment and play through storytimes, musical shows, puppets, magic, and other fun activities!

Mark Your Calendars

  • May 1-26: Pre-registration online
  • May 27: Register in person and pick up SRC materials at all CALS locations
  • June 16: Weekly programs begin
  • July 4: Fourth of July -- CALS Closed
  • July 13: Library Night at Arkansas Travelers
  • July 25-27: FOCAL Book Sale at the Main Library
  • July 28 - August 2: Awards Week

Weekly Programs for Kids

A printable (.pdf) version of this calendar is available here » | en español »

  • Main Library
  • Babies & Toddlers: Thu., 10:30 a.m.
  • Preschoolers: Fri., 10:30 a.m.
  • Ages 6-8: Tue., 10:30 a.m.
  • Ages 9-12: Wed., 10:30 a.m.
  • Power Up: Wed., 4:00 p.m.
  • Family Game Night: Thu., 6:30 p.m.
  • Family Storytime: Sat., 10:30 a.m.
  • Family Movies: Mon., 2:00 p.m.
  • All Ages Crafts: Sat., 3:00 p.m.
  • Children's Library & Learning Center
  • Babies & Toddlers: Wed., 10:00 a.m. OR 11:00 a.m.
  • Preschoolers: Mon., 10:00 a.m. OR 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday Fun (ages 2-5): Fri., 10:00 a.m.
  • Friday Fun (ages 6+): Fri., 2:30 p.m.
  • Theater Explorers (ages vary weekly): Mon., 4:30 p.m.
  • Tail-Waggin' Tutors: Wed., 4:30 p.m.
  • Learn & Explore (ages 6+): Tues., 4:30 p.m.
  • Seed to Table (ages 8+): Thu., 10:30 a.m. OR 4:30 p.m.
  • Family Hour: Sat., 10:00 a.m.
  • Fizz Boom Science Program (ages vary by topic): Tue., 10:00 a.m. OR 4:30 p.m.
  • Brooks Library
  • Ages 3-7: Thu., 10:30 a.m.
  • Ages 7-12: Thu., 1:00 p.m.
  • Dee Brown Library
  • Preschoolers: Mon., 10:30 a.m.
  • Ages 6-8: Tues., 10:30 a.m.
  • Ages 9-12: Mon., 2:00 p.m.
  • Day Care Storytime: Wed., 10:30 a.m. (registration req'd)
  • Day Care Ages 6+: Thu., 10:30 a.m. (registration req'd)
  • Friday Fun: Fri., 4:00 p.m.
  • Fletcher Library
  • Babies: Tue., 9:30 a.m.
  • Toddlers: Tue., 10:30 a.m.
  • Preschoolers: Wed., 10:00 a.m.
  • Ages 6-8: Thu., 10:00 a.m.
  • Ages 9-12: Wed., 2:00 p.m.
  • Maumelle Library
  • Babies & Toddlers: Thu., 10:30 a.m.
  • Preschoolers: Wed., 10:30 a.m. OR 2:30 p.m.
  • Ages 6-8: Tue., 10:30 a.m. OR 2:30 p.m.
  • Ages 9-12: Mon., 2:30 p.m.
  • McMath Library
  • Toddlers & Preschoolers: Wed., 10:00 a.m.
  • Music & Movement: Fri., 10:00 a.m.
  • Ages 6-12: Tue., 11:00 a.m. OR 3:00 p.m. OR Thu., 11:00 a.m.
  • Family Movie: Mon., 2:00 p.m.
  • Family Night: Mon., 6:00 p.m.
  • Family Program: Sat., 2:00 p.m.
  • Milam Library
  • Preschoolers: Tue., 10:30 a.m.
  • School-Age: Tue., 2:00 p.m.
  • Kids' Movie Day: Thu., 12:30 p.m.
  • Nixon Library
  • Babies & Toddlers: Fri., 10:30 a.m.
  • Preschoolers: Wed., 10:30 a.m.
  • Ages 6-8: Mon., 10:30 a.m.
  • Ages 9-12: Tue., 4:00 p.m.
  • Family Game Night: Wed., 4:00 p.m.
  • Rooker Library
  • Babies: Wed., 9:30 a.m.
  • Preschoolers: Tue., 10:30 a.m.
  • Ages 6-8: Mon., 10:30 a.m.
  • Ages 9-12: Wed.., 2:30 p.m.
  • All Ages Movie: Fri., 4:00 p.m.
  • Family Night: Mon., 6:00 p.m.
  • Sanders Library
  • Babies: Thu., 10:30 a.m.
  • Toddlers: Thu., 10:00 a.m.
  • Preschoolers: Fri., 10:30 a.m.
  • Ages 6-8: Wed., 10:30 a.m.
  • Ages 9-12: Tue., 10:30 a.m.
  • All Ages Movie: Wed., 2:00 p.m.
  • Pokemon Club (ages 6+): Fri., 3:30 p.m.
  • Terry Library
  • Babies: Mon., 9:30 a.m. OR Thu., 9:30 a.m.
  • Toddlers: Tue., 9:30 a.m.
  • Preschoolers: Thu., 10:30 a.m.
  • Ages 5-6: Wed., 10:30 a.m.
  • Ages 6-8: Mon., 10:30 a.m.
  • Ages 8 & up: Tue., 2:30 p.m.
  • Tweens and Teens: Wed., 2:30 p.m.
  • Family Night: Mon., 6:30 p.m.
  • Thompson Library
  • Babies & Toddlers: Mon., 10:00 a.m.
  • Preschoolers: Tue., 10:00 a.m.
  • Ages 5-8: Wed., 10:00 a.m.
  • Ages 8-11: Wed., 2:30 p.m.
  • Family Night: Thu., 6:30 p.m.
  • Williams Library
  • Preschoolers: Tue., 10:30 a.m.
  • Ages 6-8: Wed., 10:30 a.m.
  • Ages 9-12: Thu., 10:30 a.m.
  • Family Day: Thu., 2:00 p.m.

Fizz Boom Read for Teens

What better way to spend a lazy summer day than outside with a book? Or, how about joining us at the library for art, video games, and movies? Sign up for Summer Reading Club now, check out a book or two and get the summer started right!

Mark Your Calendars

  • May 1-26: Pre-registration online
  • May 27: Register in person and pick up SRC materials at all CALS locations
  • June 16: Weekly programs begin
  • July 4: Fourth of July -- CALS Closed
  • July 13: Library Night at Arkansas Travelers
  • July 25-27: FOCAL Book Sale at the Main Library
  • July 28 - August 2: Awards Week

Weekly Programs for Teens

A printable (.pdf) version of this calendar is available here » | en español »

  • Level 4 (Main Library)
  • All programs for teens ages 13-19.
  • Mon. - Fri., 4:00 p.m.
  • Sat., 2:00 p.m.
  • Open Craft Time: Mon. & Wed., 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Open Game Time: Tue. & Thu., 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Brooks Library
  • Teens: Thu., 3:00 p.m.
  • Fletcher Library
  • Teens: Thu., 2:00 p.m.
  • booklists

Fizz Boom Read for Adults

Be a part of Adult Summer Reading Club at CALS. Locations throughout the system will host programs and special giveaways for adults. More information about adult programs can be found on our Events Page.

Mark Your Calendars

  • May 1-26: Pre-registration online
  • May 27: Register in person and pick up SRC materials at all CALS locations
  • June 16: Weekly programs begin
  • July 4: Fourth of July -- CALS Closed
  • July 13: Library Night at Arkansas Travelers
  • July 25-27: FOCAL Book Sale at the Main Library
  • July 28 - August 2: Awards Week

Weekly Programs for Adults

A printable (.pdf) version of this calendar is available here » | en español »

What is the Summer Reading Club (SRC)?

Summer Reading Club is a seven-week program that celebrates and encourages reading. Each branch will host a variety of weekly programs. Participants can register and receive SRC materials, attend weekly programs at any of the branches, and attend special events and celebrations throughout the summer.

Is there a calendar or schedule of events available?

A printable (.pdf) version of the schedule is available here »

Is there required reading to participate?

There is no required reading to participate in Summer Reading Club. When you register, you will receive a reading log, where you can record the books you read this summer. We will also be playing a Bingo game all summer where reading certain kinds of books can help you to win prizes.

When and where does the SRC meet?

Weekly programs at all CALS branches begin the week of June 16 and end the week of August 2.

Is there a fee to register or attend?

All library programs are free.

Is there an age limit for registration?

Babies, toddlers, kids, teens and adults can all register and participate in Summer Reading Club.

Do I need a library card to register?

To register online, a library card is required. We encourage everyone who registers to sign up for a library card; families with children under the age of 18 can register for SRC using a family library card.

I have a library card, but my son/daughter does not. Do I need to get him/her a library card?

We encourage SRC participants to sign up for library cards, but that is the parents' choice. Families may also choose to obtain a new family library card. However, as long as a parent has a library card, the child is not required to have one.

Can I attend SRC at any branch library?

If you are registered for SRC, you can attend any of our programs at any library. We do recommend that you follow the age suggestions for each program.

Do I need to attend the SRC at the same branch each week?

You can attend programs at any of our branches. Some of the programs or presenters will travel to all the branches, so we advise that you check the calendars for each branch to avoid seeing the same program twice.

I cannot attend the weekly programs. Can I still be a part of Summer Reading Club?

Program attendance is not required to be a part of SRC! You can register and receive your book bag and reading log. When you come into the library this summer to check out books, you can collect weekly stickers and play SRC Bingo.

Thank you for your interest in the CALS Summer Reading Club. Please complete the information below to pre-register online.

Have questions about our Summer Reading Club? Check out the FAQ tab above. Or, leave a comment or question for us at the bottom of the registration form below.

** For parents: To pre-register online, the individual participant must have his/her own library card OR be included on a family library card. You may obtain a family library card for your entire family or an individual library card for your child either by applying for one at any of the CALS branches or by applying for a library card online.**