Summer Reading 2022

This year’s Summer Reading Program’s theme is “Oceans of Possibilities,” aimed to help you explore the infinite world of reading. Are you ready to expand your horizons? No matter your age, we’ve got a reading challenge for you! We have some really fun programs planned too! Click here for a list of all of the youth programs, and scroll down to see all upcoming summer events.

Looking for a reading challenge? 

Adult, Teen, Child, and Baby reading challenges can all be completed online and through the Beanstack App!* Sign up to complete this year’s reading challenges:

Sign up to track your progress online

Download the Beansack app:
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*Paper forms also available at the library beginning June 1st


Matty & Patti’s MadHatter Tea Party
July 5 | 4:00pm

Celebrate National Alice in Wonderland Day at the library with some Wonderland-themed snacks, crafts and games! Designed for elementary and middle schoolers.

Pedal in Paducah
July 10 | 2:00pm

Grab your bike and gather with riders of all levels to tour some of Paducah’s most notable spots in this series of laid-back, leisurely-paced, family-friendly […]

Stories, Songs, and Stretches! with Ms. Nicole and Brary Bear
July 12 | 10:00am

Stories, Songs, and Stretches is a whole-child, school readiness program with intentional use of movement and mindfulness to enhance early learning in body, heart, and […]

Hooked on Science
Children’s Summer Reading: Hooked on Science
July 13 | 9:30am

Join “Mr. Science,” Jason Lindsey for some amazing ocean-themed experiments. 3 shows at 9:30am, 11am & 1 pm!

Teen Crafts with the Upstairs Staff
July 14 | 3:00pm

Join the upstairs staff for a variety of fun, ocean-themed crafts. Designed for ages 10 & up. July 14 – Message in a Bottle

Talkin’ Baseball with Jay
July 17 | 2:00pm

Avid baseball card collector & library technology manager Jay Hite will be on hand to show items from his collection. Hite will display cards & […]

Bug Repellent Mason Jar Luminaries
July 18 | 6:00pm

Adult Services Programming Assistant Amanda will demonstrate how to make a cute bug-repellent jar of luminaries from essential oils, citrus fruit, and herbs. Spaces are […]

Stories, Songs, and Stretches! with Ms. Nicole and Brary Bear
July 19 | 10:00am

Stories, Songs, and Stretches is a whole-child, school readiness program with intentional use of movement and mindfulness to enhance early learning in body, heart, and […]

[Virtual] Teen Craft: Sea Life Soap
July 20 | 9:00am

Pick up a kit and follow along to create your own Sea Life Soap. The kit comes with everything you need to make this craft, […]

Children’s Summer Reading: Magician Barry Mitchell
July 20 | 9:30am

Magician Barry Mitchell combines illusion and stories for a fun, educational show. 3 shows at 9:30am, 11am & 1 pm!

Teen Crafts with the Upstairs Staff
July 21 | 3:00pm

Join the upstairs staff for a variety of fun, ocean-themed crafts. Designed for ages 10 & up. July 21 – Sea Creature Suncatcher

Evenings Upstairs Returns: Paducah Namesakes
July 21 | 5:30pm

Doors open at 5PM library closes at 7PM Evening Upstairs returns in-person! Join us for a presentation led by historian Roy Hensel. Each person highlighted has […]

[Virtual] Library Ladies Hit the Road and Head for the Hills
July 24 | 4:00pm

Amanda Quint and Bobbie Wrinkle had so much fun trapesing around Fern Clyffe State Park in Southern Illinois last winter, that they’re going back to […]


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