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Library Promotions for Summer Reading Programs Summer reading programs at pubic libraries across the nation are a big part of summertime fun for many kids. Sure, reading is a reward in itself, but what kid can resist the lure of prizes? My own kids, who generally love to read anyway, eagerly polish off books to add to their summer reading logs. They need to cash in for free bumper boat rides, free books, and printed promotional products. Prizes are a great incentive for all kinds of readers–reluctant or otherwise.

How to gather prizes for a community chock full of summertime readers? Public libraries are typically on a tight budget, so hitting up local businesses for some donations is a great place to start. Free cheeseburgers are unanimously considered good prizes in these parts. So is free ice cream. Don’t forget the bumper boats.

Of course carefully selected, printed promotional products also make great prizes. We’ve gathered up some product ideas that are practical, affordable, and fun. These are some library promotions worthy of check out.


custom pencils

Custom Print Pencils

Here’s a prize every reader can walk away with. Choose from a variety of colors to coordinate with your library name and logo or your summer reading theme.




print glow pencils

Glow in the Dark Pencils

What’s better than a free custom pencil? A free glow in the dark pencil. I have yet to meet a kid who isn’t transfixed by the possibility of glow-in-the-dark-anything.




custom inkjoy pens

Print Inkjoy Pens

Looking for an affordable, reliable pen to customize with your library’s name and logo? Here’s a great choice. It writes right out of the box. They’ll never fail you until the ink runs dry. Get it in traditional blue and black or some additional fun and trendy colors.



custom light up pens

Custom Light Up Pens

If there’s a little more wiggle room in your budget and you want to buy a pen with personality, take a look at this light up pen. The push of a button activates a blue light. Glow in the dark, buttons, and anything flashlight related rank high on most cherished sample promotional products in our household of four school-age children.



print light up necklaces


Custom Light Up Necklaces

See a trend? I’m not kidding. Kids love these things. Choose from several shapes and three light-up colors. Customize the necklace of your choice with your library’s name and logo, your summer reading theme, or a cool message about reading.




custom youth t-shirts

 Custom Print Youth T-Shirts

Shopping for the cheapest youth t-shirts on the web for your library’s summer reading give away? Make sure you get a quote from Show Your Logo. We’re your source for high quality, super cheap t-shirts in all the brands you know and trust. You name your shirt. We’ll print on it. We’ll save you money.




print tote bags Economy Tote Bags

Here’s a logical choice for any sort of library promotion. These sturdy, reusable tote bags are perfect for hauling a big stack of books to and from the library. What’s more, they can be used other places, too. They’re an eco-friendly, practical choice in promotional products.




custom lunch totesAffordable Custom Lunch Totes

Print your library’s name and logo on these very affordable, reusable lunch totes. Every kid can use a lunch tote. Red, blue, black, or green.




print economy water bottles

Cheap Custom Water Bottles 

These “super value” water bottles get their name from their actual super value. They’re durable, functional, and extremely cheap. Print one up for every thirsty summer reader.




print drawstring backpacks

Custom Drawstring Backpacks 

Fill these very affordable custom backpacks with library books or the promotional products that fit your summer reading program and your budget.



Need some additional ideas? We’ve got them. With 750,000 products available for customization, we’re more than happy to guide you to the products that fit your target market as well as your budget. Contact our friendly, knowledgeable sales team today for those ideas as well as a quote.


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