Read Beyond the Beaten Path with SPL

Springfield Public Library invites readers all of ages to participate in their 2022 Summer Reading Challenge, which opens for registration and begins on June 17. The challenges run until August 20 and no library card is needed. This year’s theme is “Read Beyond the Beaten Path.” Challenges unique to young children, kids, teens, and adults means there’s something for everyone this summer at the library!

Young children, kids, and tweens who sign up receive a free book to keep, immediately. Young children and kids receive another free book to keep upon completing the program. Teens can earn small incentives all summer long. Adults receive a free book to keep once they have read five. All readers can participate to earn points and entries towards our grand prize drawings.

Additionally, everyone is invited to our special events on the fountain plaza every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. during the summer. These events include guests from myriad backgrounds and with a wide variety of talents. Each event is sure to please kids and their families. More information at

What: Springfield Public Library’s Summer Reading Challenges: Read Beyond the Beaten Path

When:  June 17 – August 20

Where: Springfield Public Library, 225 5th Street, Suite 301, Springfield, OR 97477 and and

Additional Information: Taylor Worley (she/her), Youth Services Librarian, Springfield Public Library,, 541.726.3766 x2243


Teen Summer Reading Kickoff Party

Explore Off The Beaten Path this summer at Springfield Public Library.  The fun kicks off for teens with our annual Teen Summer Reading Kickoff Party with Laser Tag on Friday, June 24, 7-9 p.m. in the lobby of Springfield City Hall, 225 5th Street, Springfield.

There will be free laser tag in the library as well as video games, snacks, crafts, and temporary tattoos.  Teens should be between the ages of 12 and 19.  Sign up for the summer reading program and pick out a free book.  All summer long, teens can log reading and activities to earn badges, raffle tickets and prizes.

While people are welcome at the party for two hours, laser tag will be split into two age groups so there are shorter wait times.  Middle School Laser Tag (i.e., teens going into 7th-9th grades) will play from 7-8 p.m. High School Laser Tag (i.e., teens going into 10th-just graduated) will play from 8-9 p.m. You do not need to play Laser Tag to enjoy the party, but if you’re going to play, you’ll need a signed waiver which can be turned in in advance, brought with you to the event, or signed by a parent when you arrive!  See the library or for a copy of the waiver.

Follow the Springfield Public Library on Facebook, check out the library website, or reach out to Teen Services Librarian Cara Kinsey for more information about ongoing library offerings for teens, including free online tutoring, weekly programs, monthly book club, and volunteer opportunities. Thanks to the Teen Advisory Board for helping choose our program lineup!

What: Teen Summer Reading Kickoff Party

When: 7 p.m. Friday, June 24

Where: Lobby, Springfield Public Library, 225 5th Street, Springfield OR 97477

Additional Information: Cara Kinsey, 541.726.4653,