2022 Summer Reading

Image of two children sitting on a fish, reading a book, carrying a flag that says "Read More!

Summer Reading Challenge for Adults

Complete challenges, get prizes!

The EPLS Adult Summer Reading Challenge is a bingo board with 24 challenges. Register for the summer reading challenge by filling out a registration slip in person at the library or signing up for the challenge on Beanstack.


1. After completing any 5 challenges, visit the library to receive a print book of your choice (subject to availability).

2. For every 5 challenges you complete, you can enter for a grand prize drawing (5 entries allowed).

3. Record your activities in Beanstack OR fill out an entry slip at the library by August 31 to enter the grand prize drawing.

Woman reading and dreaming of fish

Earlyliteracy-poster-spot-scaledSummer Reading Challenge for Youth

Read books, get prizes! 

Reading or listening to stories for 12 hours earns you:

  • A free book!*
  • An entry into the grand prize drawing!

Reading or listening for an additional 12 hours earns you both prizes* a second time!

Start keeping track of your reading time on the first day of summer vacation. Children and teens, from birth through grade 12 may participate. 

Book prizes available starting July 1.

(* While supplies last.)

Track your reading

This year there are several ways to keep track of your reading:

  1. Pick up a paper reading log or bingo card at the library starting June 1.
  2. For adults: download a printable PDF bingo card and start your challenge at home.
  3. Use Beanstack online: epls.beanstack.org.
  4. Download the Beanstack Tracker app from the app store (Apple or Google).

For more information about Summer Reading or our events, call Youth Services at 425-257-8030, Adult Services at 425-257-8000, or stop by the library.

Grand Prizes

Information coming soon!

(The drawing will occur after Labor Day, and winners notified by phone or email.)

Book Reviews

Looking for one more way to earn an entry into the grand prize drawing? Turn in a book review for an additional entry towards the Grand Prize!

Key Dates

  • June 1: First day to register for Summer Reading.
  • June 11: Sing, dance, craft and read your way into a happy summer with the library at a Summer Reading Kick-off Party! Children's music legend Nancy Stewart performs at 11 a.m. at the Main Library and 3 p.m. at the Evergreen Branch. All ages are welcome.  
  • August 31: Last day to log reading minutes or complete challenges.
  • September 15: Last day pick up your free books (while supplies last).

Summer Reading Events for Adults

  • June 7 at 6 p.m., in person at the Main Library auditorium — Exploring the Titanic, presented by OceanGate expedition guide Alyx Terryll. All ages welcome. Join Alyx to learn about the mysteries of the world’s most famous shipwreck, from the deep-sea marine life that inhabits the site to the technology required to dive to the quickly decaying wreck.  
  • July 19 at 6 p.m., in person at the Main Library auditorium — Puget Sound: A Maritime Highway, by local author David B. Williams. At this talk, explore the 13,000-year history of transportation on the Puget Sound. 
  • July 23 at 2 p.m., in person on the Main Library balcony — Shanties and Songs of the Seven Seas with Pint & Dale. Local music duo William Pint and Felicia Dale tell stories of the sea, via song. 
  • August 4 at 2 p.m., in person in the Main Library auditorium — Create @ the Library: Nighttime Sea Collage. Create a collage seascape in this arts and crafts class; no experience needed! 
  • August 11 at 6:30 p.m., in person in the Main Library auditorium — Main Library Book Discussion: “The House in the Cerulean Sea,” by TJ Klune.  
  • August 20 at 10 a.m., in person at the Evergreen Branch — Make an Ocean Charm Necklace with Christina Bengtson. Create a unique ocean-inspired necklace in this free two-hour workshop. 

Other Library Events

View upcoming programs at www.epls.org/calendar. Click on the event names to view the calendar listing for each event! Due to limited space or supplies, some programs require registration.

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Annually, Friends of the Everett Public Library donates prizes and offer financial support for our reading challenges. They help us encourage kids and adults to keep reading and to stay active over the summer months.
Friends of the Library

This year's Youth Summer Reading Grand Prizes donated by: 

Peninsular Lodge #95 F & AM

Everett School District Summer Reading

Looking for more reading ideas? Check out Everett School District's Summer Reading Page.