May 8, 2019 – After falling just short of its community reading goal last year, Salina Public Library is again calling on the community to demonstrate the value of reading by helping to reach the goal of 25,000 books read this summer. The tally will start May 24, and each book read before July 25 can be logged toward the goal. Summer at the Library will also include events, classes, prize drawings and end of season parties. Information on all the summer happenings can be found in the Summer at the Library calendar, available online at and at the library.

Weekly drawings will be held for adults, children and teens who add the books they read to the community reading goal tally. Books can be added online or at the library. Books in any genre and format can be counted. That includes hardback, paperback, e-books, audiobooks, Playaways, Talking Books and books read to others. Books don’t have to be obtained from the library but can come from personal collections or purchased at stores, as well.

Summer events for youth will include performances by Jim Cosgrove’s Mr. Stinky Feet, Tamara Howe School of Dance, Dan Dan the Magic Man and Denise Gard and her Border Collies. There will be LEGO builds, programs with Lakewood Discovery Center and Rolling Hills Zoo, and educational classes designed to combat summer learning loss. Plus, children and teens can explore technology with classes on coding, robots, keyboarding and more. Children and teens can also enter prize drawings by attending events hosted by Youth Services or educational classes offered in the Technology Center. The summer will close out with a party at Kenwood Cove for all children and teens who turn in a book log to Youth Services.

Adults can enjoy summer, as well, with movies, exhibits, Monday Night Book Discussions and a program on the moon lead by Dr. Dorothy Hanna, president of the Salina Astronomy Club. In addition to the drawing for logging books, adults — those 18 and older — will also be entered into weekly drawings for submitting book reviews online or at the library. An Adult Summer Reading Open House will be from 6:30-8 p.m. Friday, July 26, at Salina Public Library for those who participated by logging books or attending any adult program.

Dates and times for events are available on the library’s online calendar or in the Summer at the Library schedule at the library. More information on all summer activities can be found at or call (785) 825-4624.