Macaroni Kid Northwest Arkansas Summer Reading Program Guide 2023

Summer Reading Kickoff Parties and More Library Fun

By Kimberly Hodoway, Asst Publisher of Macaroni Kid Rogers-Bentonville May 24, 2023

Looking for Northwest Arkansas Summer Reading Programs? We've created this comprehensive list so you can find one or more that your family can attend. Macaroni Kid is the area's go-to source for family-friendly events & activities!  We will be adding and updating events as we find them, so be sure you check back often! Click each event to go to the calendar listing with all details.
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Summer reading pays off year-round according to this article on We are very fortunate to have so many wonderful local libraries in the Northwest Arkansas area that will be offering a Summer Reading Program this summer. Most offer fun incentives like special activities, drawings for prizes, and exciting events designed to motivate even the most reluctant of readers. Many programs will be kicking off in early June and will last through July. Participants will track their hours of reading (or being read to) and check in for small prizes throughout the length of the program. Check out our list and see which program is right for your family this summer and happy reading!

Bentonville Public Library

Tuesday, May 30, 2023
Registration for BPL's Summer Reading Club begins May 30th. All ages are invited to participate, from infants to adults!

Farmington Public Library

Thursday, June 1, 2023
Summer Reading Program, All Together Now

Bella Vista Public Library

Friday, June 2, 2023
Our Summer Reading Program, All Together Now, kicks off June 2. Join us for FUN!

Pea Ridge Community Library

Friday, June 2, 2023
Summer Reading Kickoff Party!

Fayetteville Public Library

Saturday, June 3, 2023
Summer Reading Kickoff!
Kick-off the summer with our biggest event of the year! From bounce houses to face painting and food - bring the family and join the fun!

Rogers Public Library 

Saturday, June 3, 2023
Summer Reading Kickoff! - Featuring Will Parker Music for Kids
Join us at the library from 2pm to 4pm to kick off our Summer Reading Program! Pick up your reading logs, get registered for the program, play some games, and do some crafts!

City of Siloam Springs Library

Tuesday, June 6, 2023
Summer Reading Kick-off Program: Magician George Reader

Springdale Public Library

Saturday, June 10, 2023
Summer Reading Kickoff!
Join our party in Murphy Park next to the library to sign-up for the Summer Reading Program! We will have live music with Mariachi Amistad, a bounce obstacle course, spray tatoos, free Kona Ice, free hotdogs and chips from Arvest Bank, and a whole lot of fun and dancing. When you sign-up for summer reading you get a free gift to get you started! 

Prairie Grove Public Library

Monday, June 12, 2023
We can't wait to kick-off our Summer Reading Program on June 12th with our annual pool party! Hope to see you there!

Other has a fantastic list of free summer reading programs online here.

Many cities have Little Free Libraries in multiple locations. Check to find one near you! "Little Free Library book-sharing boxes play an essential role by providing 24/7 access to books (and encouraging a love of reading!) in areas where books are scarce. At the Little Free Library nonprofit, we’re working to fill book deserts and grant libraries to underserved communities through our Impact Library Program and other initiatives."

Similarly, some school districts employ a Rolling Reader program over the summer months. The bus full of books makes multiple stops at pre-selected locations where anyone can come and check out the selection. While you don’t have to return the books it is highly encouraged. Check with your local school district to see if they have a program!

*Always confirm events before attending. While every effort is made to ensure the most up-to-date event information is included on our calendar, events are subject to change.