Just because kids are enjoying a couple months away from the classroom doesn't mean their mind's should become dull. Summer reading programs are great for keeping young brains sharp! Your local library encourages kids of all ages to keep reading while school’s out during the 2017 Summer Reading Program in June and July. This year’s theme is BUILD A BETTER WORLD. Kids can set reading goals and earn prizes for reaching them. Area libraries host a slew of events, including special storytimes, activities, workshops and guest appearances. It’s free to participate, though some events will require advance registration. Teens — and YOU! — can participate, too. Sign up at your local branch or online.

MIDDLE TENNESSEE LIBRARIES

Visit your local library online to find all the special summer reading program events and activities. DAVIDSON COUNTY nashvillepubliclibrary.org RUTHERFORD COUNTY lavergnetn.gov linebaugh.org SUMNER COUNTY youseemore.com/gallatinpl youseemore.com/hendersonville youseemore.com/portland youseemore.com/whl WILLIAMSON COUNTY lib.williamson-tn.org brentwood-tn.org/library springhilllibrary.org WILSON COUNTY lebanonlibrary.net mtjulietlibrary.net youseemore.com/watertown

BOOKSTORES ENCOURAGE SUMMER READING, TOO!

Two nationwide bookstore chains with locations in Middle Tennessee have their own summer reading initiatives for kids and teens. Barnes and Noble gives kids a free book through its program when kids read eight books through their Summer Reading Journal. It runs through Sept. 5. Locations in Brentwood, Hendersonville and Murfreesboro. Books-A-Million is giving away a free Maze Runner water bottle to kids who read any of the four books from its Reading Challenge selections. Locations in Madison, Mt. Juliet, Murfreesboro, Nashville and Spring Hill.

LOCAL, INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORES

Local bookstores are great for kids all year round, and ones like Parnassus Books in Green Hills carry summer reading titles on school lists, too. Here are our favorite spots to visit: Fairytales Bookstore 114B S. 11th St., Nashville 615-915-1960 | fairytalesbookstore.com The Grumpy Bookpeddler 1111 Memorial Blvd., Ste. C., Murfreesboro 615-900-3264 | thegrumpybookpeddler.com Landmark Booksellers 114 E. Main St., Franklin 615-791-6400 | landmarkbooksellers.com McKay's 636 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville 615-353-2595 | mckaybooks.com Parnassus Books 3900 Hillsboro Pike, Ste. 14, Nashville 615-953-2243 | parnassusbooks.net