Summer Reading 2021: Tails and Tales
Posted on 06/01/2021
Summer Reading 2021: Tails and TalesThe temperatures are rising, the kids are out of school, and summer reading is back! Glendale Public Library is proud to offer Maricopa County's 2021 Summer Reading Program for all ages, from June 1-August 1. Sign up today at (English) or (Spanish) and be sure to choose "Glendale Public Library" as your home library system. 

This year’s theme is “Tails and Tales,” exploring the many stories of the animal kingdom. Although the program is designed to maintain and improve literacy skills throughout the summer, it’s not just for kids! Summer Reading allows readers of all ages to earn points, unlock badges, and win prizes. It’s fun for the whole family!

You can earn one point per minute for reading printed books or eBooks (including graphic novels) or listening to audiobooks. Reading at least 20 minutes per day is the goal! Earn additional points for attending virtual events hosted by librarians and local performers, completing online library challenges, and participating in community experiences to find secret codes outside of the library.

Although you must register and log your reading online to play, you can still pick up paper reading gameboards at all of our library locations to help keep track. If you need help registering or logging reading time online, library staff will be happy to assist you.

Prizes include:
  • 500 points:
    Free personal pizza coupon from Peter Piper Pizza (ages 0-11)
    Free lemonade coupon from Raising Cane's (all ages)
    Free kids meal coupon from Rubio’s (ages 0-12)

  • 750 points:
    Arizona State Park Pass (all ages)
    Up to four tickets to a Phoenix Mercury home game (all ages, while supplies last)

  • 1000 points:
    Free book (all ages)
    Free personal pizza coupon from Lou Malnati's (ages 0-12)
    Free small Famous Slush coupon from Sonic (all ages, while supplies last)

  • Grand Prize Drawings:
    Family Passes to Legoland Discovery Center (two drawings for the entire Maricopa County Summer Reading Program; ages 0-11)
    Family Passes to Sea Life Aquarium (two drawings for the entire Maricopa County Summer Reading Program; all ages)
    Phoenix Zoo Prize Bundle containing binoculars, a lanyard, and a book (two drawings for the GPL library system; ages 0-11)

  • If you like, you can donate your free book to a local Head Start classroom. Full details about the Summer Reading Program are available in the Maricopa County Reads FAQ.

    Don’t forget, arts and crafts, musical performances, book discussions, storytimes and more await you through the library’s amazing lineup of summer programming!  Visit our online calendar of events at to find out more.  

    You can also stream four new virtual programs each week via the Maricopa County Summer Reading website. Click here to see what's scheduled for adults, teens, and kids!

    These programs are made possible through the Reciprocal Borrowing agreement and are funded by the Maricopa County Library District.