Summer Reading

What is Summer Reading?

You may know that Summer Reading at the Cape Girardeau Public Library is a great way to encourage kids to continue reading while school is out for the summer. That's true...but it's so much more!
 

We've also got tons of events for all ages, reading challenges for all skill levels, and...did we mention prizes? Summer Reading is for EVERYONE!

Read books. Win prizes. Have fun!

Keep track of your reading progress and event attendance for your chance to win both weekly & grand prizes!

There are two ways to participate:

  1. Pick up paper reading logs at either the Adult Services or Youth Services desks, OR...
  2. Keep track of it all using ReadSquared! Download the app to your device or click here to get started.

This summer's grand prizes:
  • Tonieboxes + characters, Discovery Playhouse family memberships (ages 0-5)

  • Bicycles, Osmo Starter Kit, Teehouse gift cards (ages 6-11)

  • Apple AirPods, Amazon Kindles, Settlers of Catan (ages 12-18)

  • Bookish gift baskets & gift cards (ages 18+)

PLUS weekly participation giveaways:
  • Gift cards to local stores & restaurants

  • Fun library swag

  • Free books

  • ...and more!

Grant funding & sponsorships

This project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

Additional funding provided by the Friends of the Cape Girardeau Public Library.

Bike prizes donated by VFW, Ladies Auxiliary, and United Commercial Travelers.

Upcoming Events

This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "Seniors" group.

Adventure Book Bingo (ages 18+)

All Day 6/1 - 7/31
Adult Services
Library Branch: CGPL
Room: Adult Services
Age Group: Adults, Seniors
Program Type: Games & Activities
Event Details:

Start your summer adventures at the library! Stop by the Adult Services desk to pick up an Adventure Book Bingo card beginning June 1st!

Disclaimer(s)

Acknowledgement

This event is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

This event is in the "Youth" group.
This event is in the "Babies & Toddlers" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Tweens" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "Seniors" group.

Where Have You Been? Interactive Map (all ages)

All Day 6/1 - 7/31
Adult Services
Library Branch: CGPL
Room: Adult Services
Age Group: Youth, Babies & Toddlers, Children, Tweens, Teens, Adults, Seniors
Program Type: Games & Activities
Event Details:

Join us in a community collaboration to see how much of the USA we have visited! We will have a giant wall map highlighting U.S. National Parks for you to mark where you have been.

Disclaimer(s)

Accessibility

The library makes every effort to ensure our programs can be enjoyed by all. If you have any concerns about accessibility or need to request specific accommodations, please contact the library.

Acknowledgement

This event is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "Seniors" group.

Adventures in Drawing: Creative Aging Workshop (ages 55+)

10:00am - 11:30am
Hirsch Community Rooms
Registration
Library Branch: CGPL
Room: Hirsch Community Rooms
Age Group: Adults, Seniors
Program Type: Arts & DIY, Class / Workshop
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 3
Event Details:

Join us for a series of FREE fine arts workshops! In this series, participants will learn how to draw over the course of 8 guided sessions.

Disclaimer(s)

Accessibility

The library makes every effort to ensure our programs can be enjoyed by all. If you have any concerns about accessibility or need to request specific accommodations, please contact the library.

This event is in the "Youth" group.
This event is in the "Babies & Toddlers" group.

Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5)

11:00am - 11:30am
Youth Program Room
Library Branch: CGPL
Room: Youth Program Room
Age Group: Youth, Babies & Toddlers
Program Type: Storytime

Preschool Storytime

This storytime is designed to help build reading readiness and kindergarten readiness skills and features longer books that are accompanied by a variety of activities, including flannel boards, dramatics, and songs.

Disclaimer(s)

Accessibility

The library makes every effort to ensure our programs can be enjoyed by all. If you have any concerns about accessibility or need to request specific accommodations, please contact the library.

Accompanying Adults

This program is designed for children and accompanying adults. Please plan to attend and be engaged with your child for this program. Drop-offs will not be permitted.

Acknowledgement

This event is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

This event is in the "Youth" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Tweens" group.

Pokemon Battle Academy (ages 6-11)

3:00pm - 5:00pm
Youth Program Room
Library Branch: CGPL
Room: Youth Program Room
Age Group: Youth, Children, Tweens
Program Type: Forum / Speaker, Games & Activities
Event Details:

Drop in to learn how to battle Pokemon! Use one of the library’s decks or bring your own!

Disclaimer(s)

Accessibility

The library makes every effort to ensure our programs can be enjoyed by all. If you have any concerns about accessibility or need to request specific accommodations, please contact the library.

Accompanying Adults

This program is designed for children and accompanying adults. Please plan to attend and be engaged with your child for this program. Drop-offs will not be permitted.

Acknowledgement

This event is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

This event is in the "Youth" group.
This event is in the "Babies & Toddlers" group.

BabyBook (ages 0-1)

11:00am - 11:30am
Youth Program Room
Library Branch: CGPL
Room: Youth Program Room
Age Group: Youth, Babies & Toddlers
Program Type: Storytime

BabyBook

BabyBook is a lapsit storytime that introduces a love for books and reading through music & movement, rhythm & rhyme, and cuddles & play!

Disclaimer(s)

Accessibility

The library makes every effort to ensure our programs can be enjoyed by all. If you have any concerns about accessibility or need to request specific accommodations, please contact the library.

Accompanying Adults

This program is designed for children and accompanying adults. Please plan to attend and be engaged with your child for this program. Drop-offs will not be permitted.

Acknowledgement

This event is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

This event is in the "Youth" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Tweens" group.

Bike Night with Cyclewerx (ages 6-11)

6:30pm - 7:30pm
Back Lawn
Registration
Library Branch: CGPL
Room: Back Lawn
Age Group: Youth, Children, Tweens
Program Type: Class / Workshop, Games & Activities
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 19
Event Details:

Bring your bike to the library to test out our bicycle safety course, enjoy a popsicle, receive a free bike helmet, and meet the crew from Cyclewerx!

Disclaimer(s)

Accessibility

The library makes every effort to ensure our programs can be enjoyed by all. If you have any concerns about accessibility or need to request specific accommodations, please contact the library.

Accompanying Adults

This program is designed for children and accompanying adults. Please plan to attend and be engaged with your child for this program. Drop-offs will not be permitted.

Acknowledgement

This event is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

Food Allergies

We cannot guarantee that food served at this program has not come into contact with tree nuts, soy, or other allergens.

This event is in the "Youth" group.
This event is in the "Babies & Toddlers" group.

Toddler Time (ages 1-2)

11:00am - 11:30am
Youth Program Room
Library Branch: CGPL
Room: Youth Program Room
Age Group: Youth, Babies & Toddlers
Program Type: Storytime

Toddler Time

This interactive storytime introduces toddlers to books, reading, and language through stories, songs, and activities. Learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills children need to learn to read!

Disclaimer(s)

Accessibility

The library makes every effort to ensure our programs can be enjoyed by all. If you have any concerns about accessibility or need to request specific accommodations, please contact the library.

Accompanying Adults

This program is designed for children and accompanying adults. Please plan to attend and be engaged with your child for this program. Drop-offs will not be permitted.

Acknowledgement

This event is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

This event is in the "Teens" group.

Magic the Gathering (ages 12-18)

3:00pm - 5:00pm
Youth Program Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: CGPL
Room: Youth Program Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Games & Activities
Event Details:

Drop in to develop your Planeswalking skills! Use one of the library’s decks or bring your own!

Disclaimer(s)

Accessibility

The library makes every effort to ensure our programs can be enjoyed by all. If you have any concerns about accessibility or need to request specific accommodations, please contact the library.

Acknowledgement

This event is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

Teens Only

Parents, please plan to drop your teen off to enjoy this event with their peers.