Summer Reading is Back In-Person!

Let's Have Some Fun!
Posted on 05/14/2022
Rachael Ritter

Summer Reading is happening! If you have had a conversation with me recently, we have probably talked about Summer Reading because I am so excited that Summer Reading is back in-person at Neill Public Library. 


So let's have some fun this summer Pullman community! Neill Public Library's Summer Reading Program dates are from June 11-July 29. Our Summer Reading Program will include weekly live performances, guest readers, elementary STEAM activities, teen activities, Grab & Go Art Activity Bags, and collaborations with some fantastic local agencies. To learn more about this year's Summer Reading Program and other ongoing library programs, visit or NPL's social media pages. 


Neill Public Library's 2022 Summer Reading Program, "Oceans of Possibilities," starts with an all-day pirate-themed Summer Reading Kick-off party on Saturday, June 11, at Neill Public Library. Youth of all ages are invited for pirate-themed activities and crafts, including a sailboat tour, indoor library treasure hunt, knot tying tutorials, storywalk, chalk art, raffle prizes, movies, refreshments, and more. Pirate costumes are encouraged. We can't wait to see you at the library!


While the Summer Reading Program provides a summer of fun activities and events, it also provides opportunities for youth to practice and maintain their literacy skills from the previous school year and encourages critical thinking skills for the coming year. Research has shown that summer reading supports skill gains in a typical year, and its absence leads to widening skill gaps. Participating in the Summer Reading Program is an easy way to help prevent the "summer slide," or the loss of academic skills when school is not in session. Neill Public Library provides our youth with a diverse selection of types and topics of books to borrow, to keep reading engaging. Access to our large selection of eBooks and eAudio makes it even easier to support literacy goals. Online reading is available via Washington Anytime Library, and for mobile access through the Libby app, all you need is your library card number. Library cards are free and available to everyone. Call (509) 334-3595 or stop by the front desk to register.


Summer Reading online registration begins June 11 through Beanstack at The first 100 youth (birth – 17 years old) to register will receive a froyo voucher from Sweet Mutiny! NPL's online reading challenge, "Spring into Reading," is available if youth would like to practice tracking their reading before summer reading begins. Every hour spent reading, listening to an audiobook, or being read aloud counts for one raffle ticket. Registration is open on Beanstack; the Spring into Reading raffle prize drawing will be on June 1.


Summer in Pullman is a magical place, and part of the magic for me is Neill Public Library's Summer Reading Program and all the fun and community it provides. Many thanks to Friends of Neill Public Library for their generous funding of NPL's annual Summer Reading Program. 



Your thrilled-summer-reading-planning Youth Services Librarian,

Rachael Ritter