Summer Spark

Summer Spark runs June through August and is for ages 0-18. Teens, we have a Summer Spark just for you!

Summer Spark activityNew Name!

For many years, it's been called Summer Reading Program. We've renamed it Summer Spark because we want to engage kids more deeply, encouraging learning and activity in addition to and beyond reading.

New This Year: Maker Camps! Hands-on, engaging, and inspiring activities for youth ages 8-12.

Learn for Prizes!

When kids read (alone or with someone else) and/or complete fun activities, they earn book prizes of their choice and are entered into drawings for prizes. Visit your library to find out more and pick up reading and activity logs.

Prizes include family memberships to the Minnesota Science Museum or the Minnesota Children's Museum.

Extend the Learning

Want to extend the Summer Spark challenge? Click here for additional activities! 


All summer long, you can attend free, fun programs at every Saint Paul Public Library location.

Summer Spark events at your library:


We have a Summer Spark just for you!

Read and/or complete activities to earn a free book and get entered into drawings for prizes like MetroTransit, Chipotle, or local movie theater gift cards.


With all the excitement of the Summer Spark, don't forget about storytimes!

Storytimes are about so much more than stories. They can include puppets, songs, and toys, and you will learn engaging ways to help your children learn.

We offer storytimes at all locations and for all ages, including babies, as well as storytimes in a variety of languages. Find out more. -- your online summer reading experience!

Fill up your virtual bookshelf with your summer reads, recommend your favorite books to other summer readers, and find out what others are reading!

Thank You

The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, MELSA, Ecolab, Lillian Wright & C. Emil Berglund Foundation, Ethel R. Ridgway Foundation, Pioneer Press, Carl Benson Endowment, Elizabeth Biorn Endowment, Kowalski’s Markets, Red Balloon Bookshop, Saint Anthony Park Library Association, Minnesota State Fair, Minnesota Zoo, Macy’s, Minnesota Twins, Century Link, Kare-11, and Star Tribune