Get Ready for Summer Reading!

"Libraries Rock!" on banner over an electric guitar sitting on a pile of books.

It is finally time for pool parties, reading on the beach, and outdoor concerts! School is out in just over two weeks, and this Friday our Summer Reading Club begins! The theme this year is “Libraries Rock” and we have three months of music-related programs lined up, as well as great prizes for participants.

Just like in years past, the more you read, the better your chances are for winning a prize. Sign up will begin on June 1 at Sign up online or in the library. Once you have signed up, pick up your reading log and limited edition kazoo from your librarian!

This year, it’s easier to win prizes than ever before, and the more you read, the better your chances are for winning a grand prize.

Kids and Teens, each day you read at least 20 minutes counts as one entry. Adults, each book you read counts as one entry. We encourage you to also keep track of the books you’re reading by entering author(s) and title(s).You can also print out a list of books you’ve read at any time!


If you sign up before June 30th, you will automatically be entered to win a Family 4-Pack of tickets to the Richmond Flying Squirrels (all ages eligible).

Once you register and log at least some reading you’ll be entered into weekly drawings for $25 Gift Certificates to major retailers like Target, Barnes & Noble, Walmart, and Amazon. Drawings are every Monday from June 18 – August 27 (all ages eligible).

The Grand Prize Drawings include a $500 Gift Certificate to Great Wolf Lodge (all ages eligible), a YISSVIC Kids Musical Instruments Set (for preschoolers), Kala Mahogany Concert Ukulele (for elementary school kids), Korg Volca Digital Sample Sequencer (for teens), and Bose
SoundLink Wireless Headphones (for adults) drawn on August 31. There will also be drawings at each branch for a $50 gift certificate to a local restaurant for adults.

To be eligible for the grand prize, kids and teens need to have read at least twenty minutes on twenty different days, and adults need to have read at least five books.

Kickoff parties

Portrait of Chris Campbell holding an acoustic guitar with "Chris" spelled out in block letters balanced on the guitar.

We are very lucky to have local musician, Chris Campbell, joining us to kick off the summer! Bust out your dancing shoes and join us for a rip-roaring kickoff to Libraries Rock!, the 2018 Henrico County Public Library Summer Reading Club. Mr. Campbell is bringing his catchiest, most upbeat songs to the library. Best fit for children ages 3+.

Great Music Books

If you are not sure where to start our librarians have some suggestions for you! Check out these music themed books:

Picture Books

Squeak, Rumble, Whomp Whomp Whomp by Wynton Marsalis, Illustrated by Paul Rogers
When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop by Laban Carrick Hill, Illustrated by Theodore Taylor III III
Violet’s Music by Angela Johnson, Illustrated by Laura Huliska-Beith

Middle Grade

Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat by Nikki Giovanni
The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez
Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan


Rhythm Ride: A Road Trip Through the Motown Sound by Andrea Davis Pinkney
The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde (This title is still on order, but you can place your hold now!)
This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales


Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon
How Music Works by David Byrne

If you would like more reading suggestions, ask a librarian! Or request a Custom Book List here.

"Custom Book Lists" image of book fanned open.