Summer Reading 2023

Summer Spotlight Summer Reading Program

Celebrate a season of reading with Summer Spotlight: 
Thursday, June 1 through Saturday, August 26, 2023
For ages birth - 18

Read, learn, create, and enjoy at the library this summer! Summer Spotlight features FREE fun and educational activities that will help your kids be ready for school in the fall. Supplies are limited; registration is required for some programs.

See what's exciting this summer

  • Summer Spotlight Starter Kits: Visit your local Scott County Library to pick up your age-specific Summer Spotlight Starter Kit with reading log, booklists, activities and more beginning June 1st. (Kits are available starting May 26th at  Belle Plaine, Elko New Market, and New Prague). Available while supplies last. 
    Miss a starter kit? Our reading logs and booklists will also be available at right under Summer Spotlight Printable Activities beginning May 26th!
  • In-Person group programs at your library: Visit our events calendar to view all events and programs such as Spotlight Storytimes, arts and tech workshops, and games programming. 
  • Activity kits: Check out and bring home activities including: early literacy Take Home Play Kits, Techsplorer Backpacks, Tabletop Game Collection, and our new Outdoor Game Collection for families and adults.
  • Bi-weekly To-Go activity packets: Visit your library to pick up a different project every other week. 
  • Live by Appointment and Story Stations: This summer the library will feature bilingual (Eng/Esp) Sesame Street and Dinosaur Story Stations, Giant Games,  and the Academy Mysterium Escape Room Live By Appointment. Story Stations and Giant Games will feature both appointment-only and appointment-free days. Visit our events calendar for locations and times.  
  • Readmobile Visits: Visit the Readmobile page for a list of locations we'll visit this summer. 
  • Online reading log option for all ages: Hosted by Beanstack, you can use Summer Spotlight Online to track your reading. Stay motivated with virtual badges and compete along side your family to earn up to two free books.
  • NEW! Family Fun Spots: Visit the Children's Area at your library during open hours to enjoy a fun and educational self-directed activity. A new Family Fun Spot is available every other week (alternates with To Go packets)!

Summer Event Calendars 
We will continue to add events to the summer calendar – check back often for updates.

ALL Summer Events at ALL Branches 

Belle Plaine only
Elko New Market only
Jordan only
New Prague only
Prior Lake only
Savage only
Shakopee only

For Teens
 ALL Summer Events for Teens
You need to register for teen events to reserve your spot. Use the online calendar, or call/visit the library to register. 

Summer Spotlight Printable Activities
Download and print .pdf copies of our reading logs beginning 5/26!

Youth Volunteers

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the library's Spotlight Crew. Our applications have closed for this year and we are no longer taking volunteers. Please check back next spring for summer youth volunteer opportunities. 


For more information this summer and all year, sign up for our newsletters, full of featured events for kids and adults, delivered to your inbox every month!  

Visit the COVID-19 page for current information on library services. 

2023 Summer Reading Sponsors Updated