Our Summer Readers Shine!

What a great summer it's been! This year kids visited the museum, dressed up as their favorite book character, did origami, identified plants in the library's garden....and a whole lot more! 143 kids completed 1780 challenges. We loved seeing kids and families visiting the library to solve puzzles, do research, and find great books to read.  Our Summer Reading Challenge is about so much more than reading! We challenged kids to learn new skills, get creative, and have fun learning - and that's just what they did.

While our Summer Reading Challenge is over for another year - we've got big plans for next year and are always looking for new ideas. Have an idea to help us improve? We want to hear it! ›

Jon Ness Memorial Super Reader Prize Raffle

We're excited to announce that we've added a new prize to our Summer Reading Challenge. Starting this year kids K-12 who complete the most challenges will be entered into a special raffle- two $250 prizes will be awarded - one to a boy and one to a girl. 

The prize, given by Jeanette and Stewart Ness, is in memory of Jon Ness and celebrates his love of reading. A love they hope to pass on to future generations. 

Summer Reading: Try the Family Management Portal

This year our Summer Reading Challenge offers the ability for parents/guardians to manage their children's accounts. Just visit the Family Management Portal

You can create new accounts or link existing accounts. We hope this makes life just a little less complicated for those who have multiple children participating in the program!

Questions? Contact Jessica at 772-3349 or jieremia@petersburgak.gov

Register Now for the Summer Reading Challenge!


  • The program is open to all youth -  babies through teens. 
  • Participants or their guardians must be Petersburg Public Library cardholders.
  • Registration is open now through - June 30, 2017.


  • Earn raffle tickets to win by completing fun Challenges by July 16. New Challenges are announced every Monday.  Tickets are available for pick up the following Monday for Challenges completed the week before.
  • Complete 10 Challenges to earn an invitation the VIP Pool Party on July 25, 2017.
  • Kids K-12 who complete the most challenges will be entered into the Jon Ness Memorial Super Reader Prize Raffle - two $250 prizes will be awarded - one to a boy and one to a girl.
  • All raffle tickets must be entered by July 20, 2017 at 6:00 PM. 
  • All prizes must be claimed by August 25, 2017.
  • To claim your prize, you must write a thank you note to the donor of the prize.  Thank you cards will be available at the front desk or you can make your own card and bring it in when you pick up your prize.