Summer Reading

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 Summer Reading is for all ages: Pre-readers, Kids, Teens & Adults!  

Why Summer Reading Programs Matter...
Numerous studies have shown: 

  • When young people aren’t engaged in educational activities during the summer, they experience learning loss. Reading just 5 books over the summer can prevent summer learning loss.
  • In a study of fourth graders, the students who read for fun every day scored the highest on reading assessment tests.
  • Summer reading loss is cumulative. By the end of 6th grade, children who consistently lose reading skills over the summer will be two years behind their classmates.
  • Students who participated in a summer reading program had better reading skills at the end of third grade and scored higher on standardized tests than students who did not participate.


Create your account online starting May 1. Log your reading June 1st - August 1st.






Parents: signing up the whole family? Register yourself first, then you can add the kids under your account. 


We have lots of exciting programs to complement Summer Reading - attend events to earn extra points and virtual badges! Find out what's going on at each branch:

Main Library

Dobson Ranch

Red Mountain

Mesa Express Library



Friday | June 1st | 10am | Dobson Ranch
Friday | June 1st | 10am | Main Library
Friday | June 1st | 10am | Red Mountian


(all prizes and coupons are subject to availability/while supplies last)

Pre-Readers (0-5): 

Point Level     Prize
Sign Up Game board, stickers, activity sheet
250 Bath toy
500 Peter Piper Pizza free 7" pizza voucher + Arizona State Parks pass
750 Finger puppet
1000 Book (order via online account) 


Kids (5-11):

Temporary tattoo + choice of toy
Point Level     Prize
Sign Up Game board & stickers
250 Temporary tattoo + choice of toy
500 Peter Piper Pizza free 7" pizza voucher + Arizona State Parks pass
750 Temporary tattoo + choice of toy
1000 Book (order via online account)


Teens (12-17):

Point Level     Prize
250 Temporary tattoo + choice of chips or candy
500 Rubio's free taco voucher + Arizona State Parks pass
750 LED foam baton
1000 Book (order via online account)


Adults (18+):

Point Level     Prize
250 Magnetic bookmark
500 Rubio's free taco voucher + Arizona State Parks pass
750 Raffle entry
1000 Book (order via online account)


Drawing Prizes (must earn 1000 points and enter in account online by August 2nd):

Pre-Readers, Kids, Teens: One 7” Kindle Fire will be raffled off per location (four total).

Adults: Banned Books mug (one per location), 7" Kindle Fire tablet
All ages: Themed gift baskets (three total)


One-Sentence Book Review:

All Ages: submit a one-sentence book review online and you'll be entered to win a Downtown Mesa gift card! Weekly drawings during Summer Reading. 


Enter the secret code "mesasrp" for ten extra points to get you even closer to your free book!