Reading Programs

Reading Inspires Lifelong Learning

We want to keep adults, teens, and kids engaged in reading throughout their life. We offer several reading programs designed to encourage reading and make it fun!

Our Summer and Winter Reading Programs allow families and readers of all ages to log and read books for prizes and badges. The Summer and Winter Reading Programs are through Beanstack, which is our free online service that offers book and activity logging, recommendations and book reviews.

It is never too early to start your little one on the road to reading! The 1000 books Before Kindergarten program encourages you to spend time sharing books with your little ones while building critical early literacy skills before he or she starts school. Earn badges along the way to the special completion prize. Start your child’s journey today. Simply register in Beanstack and enroll in “1000 books Before Kindergarten!”

Show us how much you love to read by participating in one of our programs!

Ready to start a reading program?

Summer Reading Program

Summer Reading Program runs from June 1 to July 31. Our reading programs are through Beanstack – where babies, kids, teens, and adults can all participate to win prizes by completing reading requirements for their category. It also includes book and activity logging, badges and registration for all members of the family under one account. Simply register one time to participate in library sponsored reading programs and activities all year round!

StoryWalk®

StoryWalk®

The StoryWalk® has come to Fishers! Each month, we’ll feature a nature-based picture book on the Hickory Trail at Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve for little ones to enjoy during a quarter-mile hike in the woods. Books are available all month long, rain or shine. Books are ideal for ages 6 and under. Book reveals will take place on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 10 AM at Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve and will feature themed, hands-on activities and a guided hike with a naturalist and librarian.
Make sure to record your visit online before the next book to earn your virtual badge! Visit each month until March 2020 to complete the trail! Learn more here.
About the StoryWalk®:
The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Storywalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.

Winter Reading Program

Winter Reading Program is going retro as we present the 2019 Winter Bingo Challenge, beginning February 1st! Pick up a Library Bingo Card at either location and complete the activities; once you have a “bingo”, stop by a service desk to collect your prize–a Library tote! (One per participant, while supplies last.) For questions, call 317.579.0311.

Beanstack

Beanstack is a free online service that offers an innovative new way to connect children and their families with books and educational reading activities that match each person’s interests, ages and reading level.  It also includes book and activity logging, badges and registration for all members of the family under one account.

Available 24/7 through your computer or mobile deviceBeanstack also uses the information you provide to send out great book and activitrecommendations to each registrant on a regular basis. To make it even more useful, listed books are linked directly to the library’s catalog. And, be sure to take advantage of the various book reviews or write reviews of your latest reads.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

It is never too early to start your little one on the road to reading!   The “1000 books Before Kindergarten” program encourages you to spend time sharing books with your little ones while building critical early literacy skills before he or she starts school. Earn badges along the way to the special completion prize. Start your child’s journey today. Simply register in Beanstack and enroll in “1000 books Before Kindergarten!”

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Do you have a reader between kindergarten and 5th grade? The Hamilton East Public Library is pleased to announce a brand new reading initiative: 500 Books Before Middle School! This online program allows readers from kindergarten to fifth grade to track their reading progress and earn prizes. Participants can begin recording books they read—for every 50 books, readers will earn a special button. After 500 books, readers receive a free book and a certificate of recognition!