Summer Stars



Summer Stars National Reading Adventure

Summer Stars is the public library national summer reading programme for children that takes  place each year during the summer in public libraries and online throughout the country. Our goal, as always, is to promote every child’s right to read and to invite all children throughout the country to join the adventure and to enjoy the fun and pleasure of reading and writing over the summer. It is for children up to 12 years and ABSOLUTELY FREE!

All you have to do is read 8 library books before 31st August.  Register at your local library from 12th June.

When you register for Summer Stars you get a reading card, Laois Library Service activities booklet  and a Summer Stars drawstring bag.  When you read four books you earn a bookmark.  Everyone who completes all 8 books gets a Summer Stars pencil and certificate.


Super Star Reading Challenge

If you can read more than 8 books ask the library for an insert for your Reading card.  If you earn 8 more stamps (read 16 books altogether) you will be entered in a draw a BRILLIANT BICYCLE (similar to photo) which is being kindly sponsored by Halfords in Portlaoise


Golden Ticket Family Challenge

Reading together is a great way to pass on both the skills and the habit of reading.  It is also a fun way to spend some time together.  Register for the Family Challenge in the library and read together for 8 hours.  Get the library to stamp you ‘Golden Ticket’ for each hour.  Families who return a full ticket by 31st August will go into a draw for a family ticket to Tayto Park!


An unexpected adventure: short story competition

Summer Stars is also celebrating children’s imaginations by running a short story competition, An Unexpected Adventure. Age categories: 6-9, 10-14, 15-18. Each category winner will receive a tablet and each finalist will receive a €50 voucher.  For more information see


You can keep up to date with our online events on Laois Libraries facebook page. Baby book club, 0-3 years, Tuesday & Thursday, weekly at 10.30am.  Bookbugs club, 4-7years and Rocket Readers 8-12 years, Friday, fortnightly, 10.30am.

BorrowBox: Browse, borrow, read and listen to children’s e-books and e-audio books through the library’s BorrowBox app. This is free for all members to use from anywhere, anytime. Non-members can join online for free at


For Summer Stars Activities see brochure or for further detail see What’s On