Summer Reading 2022
Oceans of Possibilities at the Allen Park Library!
Summer Reading 2022 is back at the library!
June 18 - July 29

Summer Reading is here and you'll have a whale of a good time with "Oceans of Possibilities"! Like last year, all Summer Reading activities, programs and reading logs will be hybrid. However, unlike last year, the COVID pandemic is slowly dissipating. What does that mean for you? Summer Reading 2022 will see a return of some beloved in-person programs including the Kick-Off Party, Friday Nights on the Patio and the Carnival. Furthermore, we are elated to announce that all programs will be at the library for your convenience and ease of access to all our splendid materials.

Make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for all new episodes of our returning virtual
shows, Mad Dan and The Explorians. Our popular Take & Make Craft Bags will also continue for children, teens and adults throughout summer.

To participate in the reading challenge, simply log your reading to earn badges and rewards.
For every 180 minutes spent reading, you'll earn a grand prize entry! Certificates will be given
to every participant that completes 12 hours of reading. Prizes and completion certificates will be awarded at the end of the program.

Reading logs and the new activity challenges will also be taking a hybrid approach this year.
For those who prefer pencil and paper, physical logs may be obtained at the Kick-Off Party or
at the Circulation Desk anytime thereafter during summer reading. For paper participation,
simply fill in the circles on your fishy reading log for every 15 minutes read. Once complete,
return it to the library with your name and phone number and your fishy will to take a swim in
our new aquarium.

For those interested in participating virtually, register or login on our Beanstack platform
to log reading time and challenges. Download the new Beanstack Tracker app on your smartphone or tablet so you can log your books & activities on the go! It is very easy to use but if you need help, please refer to the cheat sheet below or call the library to speak with Ms. Brandi or Ms. Lauren.

Whale sea you at our Summer Reading 2022 Kick-Off Party on Saturday, June 18 @ 10:30 AM - 12 PM!

Are you missing our Maker Space crafts? Don’t fret! Maker Monday, Whip It Up Wednesday and Thinking Thursday will all be available to you at home in pre-made Take-and-Make craft bags! You can pick up bags each Monday during Summer Reading in our lobby.




TALK: Text to Learn


The more parents and caregivers talk and listen to young children, the easier it is for them to learn to read and write when they start kindergarten. This is because simple activities each day such as singing and playing every day help kids develop the cognitive and language skills they need to do well in school and beyond. Unfortunately, not all parents have time to develop learning activities for their little ones, creating a school readiness gap that impacts children from under-resourced families disproportionately. A text messaging service aims to change this, helping children learn through simple, everyday interactions. 

The service, called TALK: Text and Learn for Kindergarten, sends two text messages each week suggesting activities that parents and caregivers can easily incorporate into daily routines with their children. The service also notifies parents of free activities and services at the library. TALK is available to parents and caregivers in Michigan with children ages 5 and under. Parents can sign up by texting TALK to 75547 or visiting

TALK is derived from the research-based program Every Child Ready to Read, which promotes five practices to build essential pre-reading skills: reading, singing, talking, writing and playing. Each message begins with one of the five practices and details an activity parents can use to help their child develop early literacy skills. But content goes beyond literacy and helps parents build other important skills such as pre-math and social emotional skills. While the service is available and valuable to every family, the goal is to reach parents who may not otherwise have the time or the ability to attend library programs. It is available in English and Spanish. The hope is that at the end of the grant period, the service will be ready to be used by libraries throughout the country.  

Allen Park Public Library is a partner library that is happy to help get the word out to families in our area. This statewide project is led by the Ypsilanti District Library. The technology platform to distribute the messages is being developed by the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services and materials to promote the service will be available to libraries through the Library of Michigan. HighScope Center for Early Education Research and Evaluation helped ensure messages were aligned to a child’s development and will be conducting an evaluation of the project. 


Book Bundles
We are now offering Book Bundles for children up to 8 years old!
Fill out the request form above with topics your child(ren) will enjoy. We'll select 5-10 books for your bundle. We'll give you a call to schedule a pick-up once your bundle is prepared.

Our Youth Book Bundles have been so popular, we are expanding our services. We are now offering Book Bundles for children, tweens, and teens up to 18 years old!

Fill out the request form above with topics your kids will enjoy. We'll select 3 chapter books for your bundle. We'll give you a call to schedule a pick-up once your bundle is prepared.


1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is going virtual! 

Is your child already registered for this program? Register them again on Beanstack when you register for Summer Reading. Just log the number of books your child has already read and continue to log with any new books. Your child will get virtual badges for every 100 books read. When the library reopens for in-person services, see Ms. Brandi to collect your free books.
It's that easy!

New to the program? Click the link below to learn more.
Register your child on Beanstack and start reading!

Click here to access our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten page!

*Limit 2 Vox Books per family.*