Guide to Summer Reading Programs in Birmingham

summer reading programs in Birmingham

It’s almost summertime! That means it’s time to get excited about all the fun things: day camps, splash pads, family vacations, and all the summer reading programs in Birmingham!

I know that last one may seem out of place, but hear me out. Our local libraries put a lot of work into their summer reading programs, and they are always GREAT. Usually in May or June when you sign up for summer reading, you can get a small goody bag for each of your kids, and at the end of the summer or even throughout the season, there will be prizes for each child who participated.

There are so many extra library programs during summertime, and some of the branches even go all out with decorating their children’s departments! So, add library visits to your Summer Bucket List, and see how many local libraries you can visit. You can attend these events even without a library card, so feel free to check out an event in a neighboring county. They’d love to see you there, and their funding is tied to patron usage. Just attending an event counts as a use! Free programs for your child and more money to help out local communities? That’s definitely a win-win!!

If you have a little one that isn’t quite school-age, there is plenty for you, too! The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program is available at most (maybe all) of our local Jefferson County and Shelby County branches, so be sure to take advantage of those resources to help with school readiness and lifelong literacy skills.

Looking for more ways to utilize your local library? Many branches also host weekly story times! Check out our roundup of library story times for fun, free, educational activities for you and your kiddos for nearly every day of the week.

Find a Kick-Off Event

Summer Reading Kick-Off Events

Saturday, May 11, 2024:

Birmingham Public Library

Description: Join us for our annual Summer Reading Kick-Off this year at Avondale Park. There will be crafts, face painting, a book walk, snow cones, food trucks, and prizes!
4101 5th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35222
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

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Monday, June 3-7, 2024:

Leeds Jane Culbreth Library

Description: This year, there will be a week-long celebration to mark the beginning of summer reading! LJC Library will be transformed into a tiny city, with kid-sized tents and toys. Play for a bit, then be sure to take home all of your summer reading swag!
8104 Parkway Drive, Leeds, AL 35094
Time: Daily during regular library hours 

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Saturday, May 18, 2024:

Vestavia Hills Public Library

Description: Join us at Wald Park for a fun day of food, games, and prizes! Of course, don’t forget to sign up for Summer Reading while you’re there.
2521 Waldridge Road, Vestavia Hills, AL 35216
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

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Sunday, May 19, 2024:

Mountain Brook – O’Neal Library

Description: The afternoon’s events begin at 3 p.m. with the Thomas Hughes Brinkley Memorial Fun Run. Children and their grownups are invited to walk, run, bike, scoot, skate and stroll the one-mile course that starts in front of the library and runs through the adjacent neighborhood. The carnival runs from 3:30-5:30 p.m. and will feature a train ride, face painting, game booths, a rock-climbing wall, and a bouncy house. $30 Wristbands–which come with a T-shirt and allow kids to participate in all carnival activities–are currently available at the O’Neal Library. Patrons can also buy wristbands and individual activity tickets at the carnival. (All proceeds go to the Children’s Dept.)
Location: 50 Oak Street, Mountain Brook, AL 35213
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 

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Friday, May 24, 2024:

Hoover Public Library

Description: Kick-off Summer Reading fun at the library with games, crafts, snacks, music and more!
200 Municipal Drive, Hoover, AL 35216
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

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Tuesday, May 28, 2024:

Homewood Public Library

Description: We are kicking off our Summer Reading with bubbles, music, and cold treats to beat the heat! Get your bathing suits ready and slather on your sunscreen for a poppin’ morning!
1721 Oxmoor Road, Homewood, AL 35209
Time: 10:30 a.m. 

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Monday, June 3, 2024:

Alabaster – Albert L. Scott Library

Description: Jr. Campers, or youngsters from 0 to 4 years old, will kickoff their “Adventure Begins at Your Library” summer reading challenge with a special visitor and tasty treat. Mary Poppins will be here from the Red Mountain Theatre’s production of “Disney and Cameron Macintosh’s Mary Poppins.” After her presentation the audience is invited to step outside for a cold treat.
Location: 100 9th Street Northwest, Alabaster, AL 35007
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 

Description: Campers, children ages 5 to 11 years old, can kick off the Summer Challenge with a poppin’ fun snack outside at 5:30 p.m. Then at 6:00 p.m. come inside for a comical magic show starring magician Russell Davis. 
Location: 100 9th Street Northwest, Alabaster, AL 35007
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 

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Monday, June 3, 2024:

Columbiana Public Library

Description: Join Columbiana Public Library to kick off this year’s Summer Reading Program!
50 Lester Street, Columbiana, AL 35051
Time: 2:00 p.m.

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Friday, May 30, 2024:

Irondale Public Library

Description: We’re kicking off summer reading with pigs, chickens, goats, and rabbits from DART Family Farms at Beacon Park! Free Kona Ice for the first 35 kids!
5309 Beacon Dr., Irondale, AL 35210
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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Friday, June 7, 2024:

Montevallo – Parnell Memorial Library

Description: We’re kicking off Summer Reading Program with a fun day in the sun! Join us for bouncy houses, free snacks, games and activities, food trucks, and more!
Location: 277 Park Drive, Montevallo, AL 35115
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

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Saturday, May 31, 2024:

Trussville Public Library

Description: Join us in the Masonic Park located behind the Trussville Public Library for activities and treats for all ages! Pick up information about this year’s summer reading challenge and upcoming events. Food trucks will be available for purchase during the event.
Location: 201 Parkway Dr., Trussville, AL 35173
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 

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Saturday, June 1, 2024:

North Shelby Library

Description: Join us as we kick off our Children’s Summer Reading Program with Nature on Wheels presented by Alabama Nature Center & NaturePlex! Come see some live animals, enjoy some snacks, and enter to win door prizes!
Location: 5521 Cahaba Valley Road, Birmingham, AL 35242
Time: 11:00 a.m. 

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Saturday, June 1, 2024:

Center Point Public Library

Description: Start your family’s summer learning journey off with a bang at the Center Point Library’s Summer Reading Kick-Off! There will be a foam party, cool prizes, glow painting, and geode breaking, with appearances by Jan the Science Lady, Foxhound Bee Company, and Ruffner Mountain Critters.
Location: 533 Sunhill Road, Center Point, AL 35215
Time: 12:30 p.m.

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Friday, May 31, 2024:

Mt. Laurel Public Library

Description: Join us for cupcakes, slushies, crafts, and more. You can also register for summer reading. This is a drop-in event. Registration goodie bags will be available starting on June 3rd. All Ages. No registration needed.
Location: 501 Park Road, Pleasant Grove, AL 35127
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 

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Was your local library’s Summer Reading Kick-Off event on our list?
Let us know if we missed any and we’ll be sure to add it!



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