Today marks the beginning of summer reading at the Arkansas City Public Library. The official kickoff party will be from 4 to 6 p.m. at ACPL.

“We will have signup and an ice cream sundae bar, but patrons do not have to attend this to sign up for summer reading,” said librarian Katie Boyle.

Summer reading is open to all ages. It can be as simple as reading and tracking the books that were read in a reading log.

“(Individuals) can either sign up on the website and then (they) can use the Beanstack tracker app to log their reading, or they can come in and sign up any time at the library,” Boyle said.

There is no limit to the type of books that can be read. “They can read any books, ours or one of their own or ebooks,” Boyle said. “Kids can read the same books over, and they count.”

There are four age groups for summer reading — 0 to 6 years old, 7 to 11 years old, 12 to 17 years old and 18 or older.

“We have random prize drawings all summer for people who have turned in or done reading logs, and at the end of summer, the top readers in each age group will win our first and second prizes for their age group,” Boyle said.

For the 0-6 age group, the log is 20 books. For 7 to 11-year-olds, two hours constitutes a finished log, and for teens and adults, five hours is a finished log.

“We track how many total logs are completed during the summer,” Boyle said.

There are prizes for each age group, too:

  • For the 0-6 age group, first prize is a bike and second prize is a scooter.
  • For 7 to 11-year-olds, first prize also is a bike and second is an Alexa Dot.
  • The teens’ first prize is an Alexa Echo Show, and the second prize is a Bluetooth speaker and headphones.
  • The adults’ first prize is an Alexa Echo and second prize is a Kindle Fire.

There also will be random monthly drawings for all age groups. The last day to turn in completed logs is by 4 p.m. July 26.

The public library is located at 120 E. Fifth Ave. Call (620) 442-1280 with questions.