Adventure Begins at Your Library Logo - Campsite with campfire at night

Adventure begins June 1st!

Our Summer Reading Program (SRP) combines fun activities and entertaining events to support and increase reading skills–and learning– all summer long. (Shhh–kids just think it’s fun!) 

GLADL offers traditional paper and digital options to participate in SRP, plus great resources for beginning readers to adults.  We have digital collections and book recommendations for all ages. We have storytimes, themed entertainers and educators, creative crafts and games – inside and outside too. And of course, we’ll have “Adventure” themed instant prizes for each completed kids reading log!

Bigfoot sitting behind a reader sitting on a rock

Upcoming Events

For a complete list of our Summer Programming visit our Events Calendar!

Capital Area Humane Society Shelter Supplies Drive
June 1 – 30 | All Ages
Help the Capital Area Humane Society care for animals in need. Items of particular need are listed on our Event Calendar. Drop off donations at GLADL for delivery to CAHS.

Wacousta Community Block Party
Saturday June 1 | 3pm – 7pm | All Ages
WCUMC, 9180 Herbison Rd, Eagle, MI 48822
Come celebrate the start of summer, enjoy great food, music, and help raise funds for the Wacousta Co-op Preschool scholarship fund! Kids and families–Stop by the GLADL booth to make some art, play some games, and enjoy a treat!

Adventures in Slime
Monday June 3 | 6pm – 7pm | Age 6+
Design your own slime by mixing up a clear batch and adding fish, bugs, dinosaurs, glitter, or nothing at all. You decide what kind of slime you make– the choice is yours!

Camping Adventures at Michigan’s State Parks!
Wednesday June 5 | 6pm – 7:30pm | Ages 12+
Always wanted to go camping? Wondered where to start? Join us for this fun, interactive presentation from the Michigan DNR! Learn about types of camping, what to pack, activities to enjoy while camping, how to reserve a campsite, and the best state parks in Michigan! Q & A to follow. You don’t have to travel far to have a wonderful camping adventure with your family or friends.

Summer Adventure Kit
Monday June 10 | 6pm – 7pm | Ages 6+
Start your summer off with an adventure kit. Make a DIY compass, adventure journal, and Flat Webster to take along on your adventures. Take pictures of Webster’s adventures for display at the library.

Minecraft Mania!
Tuesday June 11 | 6pm – 8pm | Ages 8 – 12
We’ll have our Minecraft server set up and the laptops ready to go. No experience needed — all levels of players/builders welcome. Create your own story in the world of Minecraft!

Library Group Day with the Lugnuts!
Friday June 14 | 6:05pm – 9:30pm | All Ages
Jackson® Field™
It’s Eaton County Libraries Day at the Jackson® Field™! Adventure Begins at Your Library this summer, so enjoy a great game at a special price, capped off by a FIREWORKS display! Your Eaton County Libraries will be on hand to say hi, share information on Library activities and enjoy the ball game and fireworks! To access the special group rate visit then select Grand Ledge Area District Library. Note: Jackson® Field™ operates as a cashless stadium.

Nerf Battle Adventures [Registration Req.]
Monday June 17 | 6pm – 7:30pm | Ages 6+
Jaycee Park, 525 E River St, Grand Ledge, MI 48837
Adventure into Nerf Battles! Players run, dodge, and dive as they try to out-wit and out-blast the competition during outdoor NERF Mobile Games! From ‘Capture the Flag’ to ‘Eliminator’ to the ‘Zombies Vs. Humans,’ players will put their physical and mental skills to the test with several game styles perfect for summer Adventures, indoors or out. We provide all NERF equipment including blasters, darts, team vests, goggles, etc.

Paddle Adventure! Intro to Paddle Sports
Tuesday June 18 | 6pm – 8pm | Ages 10+
Jaycee Park Pavilion Area and Launch
Join the experienced paddlers from the Lansing Oar and Paddle Club for an intro to the range of paddle sports in mid-Michigan! From canoes to single, tandem, sit in/sit upon and fishing kayaks, sea kayaks– see different types, learn what makes them different and the best choice for you! Learn about safety on the water from Lansing Flotilla, United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, plus classes, gear, where and how to launch, group events or solo paddles. Outfitters Grand Kayak and Dimondale Canoe & Kayak will be on hand with some of their livery too!

Intro to Letterboxing
Wednesday June 19 | 6pm – 7pm | Ages 5+
Interested in a real life “treasure” hunt? Come learn about letterboxing – an activity in which you seek out hidden letterboxes by following clues to a prize and use a rubber stamp—often hand-carved—to stamp into one’s own personal logbook. Learn how to get started on your own hunts, how to join the online letterbox community, and decorate your own logbook!

Switch Gaming: Super Smash Bros.
Thursday June 20 | 6pm – 8pm | Ages 8+
Join us for an evening of fun and friendly Switch gaming! We’ll play Super Smash Bros. tonight! Who’s the best player around? Feel free to bring your Switch to play between your turns on the big screen. All skill levels welcome!

…And more on our Events Calendar!


Get ready for your adventure! 

What can I read?

Any reading counts for any GLADL SRP Reading Log! Kids still in class? They can count their school reading time! All ages can read graphic novels, manga, favorite series, and books you have at home — whatever you choose!  Read or listen to a FREE digital, or audio book from Overdrive/Libby, Hoopla, ComicsPlus, and BookFlix. Need help? have questions?  Content FAQ.

What are my digital options?

You can use the app Read Squared! Players create a fun character, and “level up” to earn options for their character as they complete their reading and earn prizes!

Easily log your activity using the READsquared app. The app is free for both Android and iOS mobile devices.


Read Squared Logo

Get Your Reading Logs Here!

Young child dressed as a luchador

0 - K

Grades 0-K Reading Log

Coming June 1!


Kids dressed as pirates pretending to ride a boat shaded like a book

1st - 6th

Grades 1-6 Reading Log

Coming June 1!


Teen camper reading a book next to a ghost by a campfire

7th - 12th

Grades 7-12 Reading Log

Coming June 1!

Adults "rafting" on a book with paddles


Adult Reading Log

Coming June 1!

Child picking a duck at our SRP Finale Carnival

Earn Fun Prizes!

Instant Prizes – Turn in each completed Reading Log to instantly win prizes like jump ropes, tie-dye spintops, punch balls, mini dominos, themed rubber duckies, plus ice cream, pizza and other treats!

Complete all Five Logs! Choose your own book to keep from our take home shelf.

Grand Prizes – Each Reading Log completed is also an entry for a chance to win the Grand Prize for each grade group. Grand Prize packages for all ages stuffed with goodies– gift cards, tote bags, games, and much, much  more!! 

Visit GLADL to pick up your prizes (courtesy of our local businesses and the Friends of the Library). Bring in your paper logs to turn in—GLADL will confirm your Read Squared logs digitally.

Outdoor Fun!

Sidewalk Action Game
6/1 – 8/30
Actions posted outside, and on a Game Card in the lobby. Claim a prize at the Desk each day you play!

Picnic Playdate: A Family Storytime
Tuesdays June 4 – August 27 | 11am – 12 noon | All Ages
Meet at GLADL Tuesdays at 11 am and follow the little red wagon to the Trinity Episcopal Church playground for a summery family storytime filled with stories, songs, activities and a snack!

Wacousta Picnic Playdate Family StoryTime
Thursday July 11, 18, 25 | 11am – 12noon | All Ages
Wacousta UMC 9180 Herbison Rd, Eagle, MI 48822
Meet at the playground for stories, songs, activities, and a snack. Bug spray recommended. Cancelled if rain or storms.

Storybook Stroll – Eaton County Parks & Downtown GL
Early June – Late August
Enjoy a fun summer stroll with the family! Read “Bear Came Along by Richard T. Morris” in select downtown GL windows and “Run Wild by David Covell” at Lincoln Brick Park.


Two children having a picnic and reading

Thanks to our sponsors for great Instant Win & Grand Prizes!


A & W

Edru Skate-A-Rama

Biggby Coffee

In Good Hands Massage Therapy

Peppino’s Pizza

Impression 5

Sun Theatre

Comets Nutrition


Dart Bank


GL Rotary

Lickity Split

Pizza Hut

Quality Dairy

Texas Roadhouse


Flour Child Bakery

Brad’s Hair Studio

Ledge Craft Lane

Toad’s LLC

Deadtime Stories

Tap House Boutique

Friends of the Library


Taco Bell

Zap Zone Laser Tag

Potter Park Zoo

Pam’s Pantry

The Salvage Yard Antiques

Macdowell’s Flower and Gift Shop

David J. Harkema, DMD

Hi Salon

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Volunteering at GLADL this Summer

The Grand Ledge Area District Library is in need of volunteers for the summer. We welcome anyone 13 or over who would like to help with programs, our carnival, or just sit at the library and prepare crafts. You can find our volunteer form on our website and once it is filled out and returned to the library, we will send you our Sign Up Genius. We have day and evening times available and you pick what you would like to help with.

To begin volunteering, please print off our Volunteer Information Form and return it to the library or email it to

For more information about volunteer opportunities, please contact us at



Why Is Summer Reading Important?

Sure, the GLADL Summer Reading Program is lots of fun—but it’s more than fun. Reading over the summer helps your imagination take flight, and is incredibly important for students and their academic achievement, from preschool to grade three and beyond:

  • Children who don’t read over the summer experience summer learning loss, forgetting some of what they’ve learned during the school year. Worse, the effect is cumulative– children who lose reading skills over the summer may be up to two years behind their classmates by the end of 6th grade. Children actively participating in a library Summer Reading Program gain reading skills and increase literacy.
  • The Summer Reading Program encourages kids to read whatever they want, to enjoy reading for recreation. Studies show children who read for fun often academically out-perform children who don’t.
  • When families engage in summer reading together, they have meaningful conversations, share adventures and experiences while also making an impact on their child’s learning.
  • The Summer Reading Program and all of its associated activities are FREE– safe, engaging, educational opportunities for all ages, all summer long!

For more about the importance of summer reading for our children, follow the link to an article from School Library Journal.  For an impassioned statement about libraries, reading and daydreaming for adults by Neil Gaiman, read this article from The Guardian. Thanks to the Madison Public Library and for contributed material.