Joplin Public Library Announces 2024 Summer Reading Program

Joplin Public Library is excited to present their annual all-ages Summer Reading Program from May 28 to July 21! This year’s theme is “Adventure Begins at Your Library.”

No Library card is required to participate in the Summer Reading Program; however, for the fourth year, the Joplin Public Library is extending the offer of a free Summer Reading Library card to everyone! No matter your age, or where you live, you are eligible for a free JPL card to be used from May 28 through July 21. You may check out physical items from the Library including books, DVDs, and more. And you can use your card to access your digital resources. As always, Joplin Public Library cards are free for in-city residents of Joplin, simply bring a recent piece of mail and your photo ID to the Library to register.

The JPL Summer Reading Program is a free program designed to keep the public reading, learning, and adventuring all summer. After sign-up, children, teens, and adults alike will participate by tracking the minutes they read or listen to their favorite materials (books, magazines, newspaper, audiobooks, etc.) on a paper gameboard that is handed out in the Library, or on the easy, free, and fun Beanstack app. Goals for each age group are set accordingly, and are very achievable. Adults will allow pre-readers to participate by tracking the amount of time spent reading to the young child. As participants achieve their reading goals, and complete fun and interactive self-moderated activities, they will earn prizes, plus, entries into generous grand prizes giveaways that are made possible thanks to many local sponsors! All participation is self-guided and completely optional.

Another aspect of the Summer Reading Program is fun, educational, and theme-based Library-hosted events. Summer events include many of the Library’s regular programs, and a variety of special events for children, teens, and adults. Find the comprehensive calendar of activities here.

Registration for the Summer Reading Program begins in the Library on Tuesday, May 28, and goes throughout the months of June and July, ending on July 21. Sign-up anytime within those dates to start your adventure!

You may find out more information by visiting our website, following our social media pages, calling 417.623.7953, or by visiting the Joplin Public Library at 1901 E. 20th Street (20th and Connecticut).

For more information, please contact Lori Crockett by phone at 417.623.7953 or email at

About Joplin Public Library: 

Since 1902, JPL has been fulfilling the information needs of citizens of Joplin and the surrounding community. JPL opens tomorrow’s doors today through diverse opportunities to learn, create, explore, and have fun.


Lori Crockett, PR/Marketing Assistant
Joplin Public Library
417.623.7953, ext. 1019

Christina Matekel-Gibson, Children’s Librarian
Joplin Public Library
417.623.7953, ext. 1038

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