Free Summer Reading Programs For Kids 2016


Here is a list of Summer reading programs for you and your children to enjoy. Children can lose up to 2 months of reading achievement during the Summer months. Help your children gain reading skills instead of losing them, with these fun Summer reading programs that will engage and reward your children. (This list will be updated regularly with more details and programs as they become available).


  • Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge May 9th- September 4th Read & log minutes all summer. Take weekly challenges & earn rewards. Help set a new reading world record! Sign up Here
  • Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program:  This Summer, continue to read books! There are four questions in the Barnes & Nobles Summer Reading Triathlon Reading Journal. Record your answers. and bring the completed Reading Journal to your local B&N store. Choose a FREE BOOK from their Reading Journal list at the store. Get your Reading Journal here. Get your FREE book with your completed reading log 5/17 – 9/6.
  • Chuck E Cheese’s Read a book every day for 2 weeks and get 10 FREE Tokens at Chuck E Cheese’s. One free token award per child per day. Food purchase is required. (Valid through 12/31/16)
  • Sylvan Book Adventure: Book Adventure is a free, online reading program for children in grades K-8. Kids learn to love reading through interactive tools, games and motivational rewards. At Book Adventure, reading is rewarding! Within the Prize Library, kids can search for a prize they’d like to win or exchange points for a prize they have earned by reading books and answering quiz questions correctly. Register here


  • Pizza Hut:  This program starts June 23rd. Keep your kids reading during the summer months with the BOOK IT Summer program!  The next Summer reading challenge is with the Wimpy Kid, and (Starts June 23)


  •  TD Bank  Read 10 books this summer. Fill out the Summer Reading Form. Take the form to the nearest TD Bank Receive $10 in a new or existing Young Saver account. Have your child read 10 books this summer. (Starts June 1st)


  •  Books A Million  (Have yet to update their program for 2016) Choose four books from the attached list of approved books. Read the books and record in your reading journal. When complete, have your parent/guardian sign your journal, then turn it in to your local store to get a free Camp Half-Blood tote bag.


  • Lifeway Stores  Summer R.E.A.D. program. Challenge: Read six books over the course of the summer and memorize six Scripture verses. Reward: Turn in a completed summer reading journal at your local LifeWay store to earn a free book and a new free Bible.


  • Half Price Books: 8TH GRADE & UNDER
    This June and July, read 15 minutes a day. (Grown-ups may read aloud to kids who are still learning.) Use the reading log, add up your minutes and have your parent or guardian initial each week. Once you’ve reached 300 or more minutes, bring your log to your local HPB to claim your Bookworm Bucks.

    Read one of HPB’s recommended titles for teens:

    The Princess Bride
    by William Goldman

    Ender’s Game
    by Orson Scott Card

    Something Wicked This Way Comes
    by Ray Bradbury

    (series) by Veronica Roth

    Steal Like An Artist
    by Austin Kleon

    The Finisher
    by David Baldacci

    then write a short review. Skip the reading log and go to to learn how to claim your Bookworm Bucks.

    Reading logs are due no later than Thursday, September 1.


Coastal Empire reading programs

  • Live Oak Public Libraries Summer Reading Program (South East Georgia): 

June 1 through July 31, 2016 ( Reading logs will not be accepted for rewards until June 11th.)

For children & teens up to 18 years old

Keep track of your reading! Receive rewards & prizes ( This year’s grand prize is a $500 mall shopping spree. The grand prize winner will be announced on Wednesday, Aug. 10.)
Special activities and programs all summer!

Read anything – comics, graphic novels, newspapers, e-books and, of course, library books. You can also participate by listening to stories read aloud or by listening to audiobooks.  Yes, attending a library storytime, program or special performance counts, too!

On Your Mark, Get Set, Read” reading logs will are available at Live Oak Public Libraries branches, and online, starting June 1st!


View individual library branch calendars for a list of Summer Reading Programs and activities.


  • Beaufort: Summer Reading Kick Off is June  4th! Program runs through July 18th. On June 4th from 11 am – 12 pm, Master storyteller J’miah is back and he will get us moving as we tell stories together to kick off our 2016 Summer Reading Program, Ready Set Read! For all ages.

View individual library branch calendars for a list of Summer Reading Programs and activities.


No Summer reading program this year:

  • BJU Press Summer Reading Program 

Savannah Area Vacation Bible Schools 2016

Savannah area Vacation Bible School

This list is a big hit every year. Here are the Savannah Area Vacation Bible Schools for 2016! If you know of any more please let me know and we will add them to this list. As I get more information I will update the ones I have (at the bottom of the list with more information, and move them up. This list is by date order:

Updated: 5/20/16

Savannah Area Vacation Bible Schools 2016!

(If you know of any more please let me know and we will add them to this list)

Vacation Bible Schools In the Savannah Area:

Christ Church Episcopal
June 6 – 8 9 – 11:30 am
Pre -K – 5th grade
Witness the exciting ministry escapades of Peter and Paul, meet face-to-face Christian “rockstars” throughout the centuries, and discover how Christ is present in our own Church. Music, crafts, games, snacks and many surprises.
Register Here

Lutheran Church of the Redeemer
June 6 – 10, from 6 pm – 8 pm
Children 3 years old through rising 5th graders
$10 per child
Register Here

Trinity Lutheran Church
June 6 – 10 from 9:00 a.m. til 12:00 pm
Ages: 3 – High school
Activities include age appropriate crafts, music, games, drama, snack and classroom activities.
Grades 6, 7 & 8 will be participating in offsite fishing.
Registration forms will be availalbe May 1st in the Church Office and Narthex. Registration is limited to the first 100 children.
Register Here

Calvary Baptist Temple
Journey Off The Map
VBS is open to children who have finished Pre-K through 5th Grade
June 6-10
(912) 351-2288
Register Here

St. Anne’s Catholic Church (Richmond Hill)
10550 Ford Avenue
June  13- 17
9:30am – 12:30pm
Call: 912-756-3343 to Register

Wesley Gardens Retreat Center on Moon River (Burnside Island)
June 13-17, from 9-12 noon
Children 3 years old through current 5th graders
$10 per child, cash or check made payable to Wesley Monumental UMC
Register Here and mail or bring to the church to complete your child’s registration. Wesley Monumental VBS, 429 Abercorn St., Savannah, GA 31401).

Isle Of Hope United Methodist Church
June 15th – 19th 9:00AM – Noon
Children 3 years old through  5th graders
Register Here

Alpha United Methodist Church of Bloomingdale
June 19 – June 23
(6:00-8:30) Closing is Friday, June 24 at 6:00
Pre-K through 6th grade
Register Here

St. James Catholic Church
June 20  – June 24
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Register Here

Ferguson Ave. Baptist Church
June 20 – June 24
Register Here

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
June 20 – 24
9 am – 5 pm
Rising Kindergarteners through High School $75 per child
Pre-K: $50
155 Goshen Rd Rincon

Register Here

White Bluff United Methodist Church
June 26 – June 30
Questions: Ms. Butler 925-9347
Register Here

Windsor Forest Baptist Church 
June 26 – June 30
5:30 PM – 9 pm
Contact: 912-925-8650

Ardsley Park Baptist Church
Submerged Finding Truth Below The Surface
June 26 – June 30
6 pm – 8:30 pm
Register  Here

White Bluff Presbyterian Church
June 27 – June 30 from 9 a.m. – Noon.
No charge! All children age 18 months through completed 6th graders.
Registration opens in Mid May for more information:
Call at 912-927-1731, or e-mail

St Frances Cabrini 
July 11 –  July 15 from 9:00 a.m. til 12:00 pm
For More Information: (912) 925-5316

Saint Peter the Apostle Church
July 11th – July 15th
Little Ones: Ages 3-5 & Kindergarten-6th Grade
Your child will be in the Grade that he/she just COMPLETED!
Cost is $25 per child
Register Here (registration opens soon)

7375 Hodgson Memorial Dr
Vacation Bible School (Age 3 to rising 6th graders)
July 11-15, 2016
9 am until 12:30 pm
Call: (912) 354-0548

Kirk o’ the Isles Presbyterian Church
Juy 14-16 9 am to 12 pm
K4 through 6th Grade
Register Here (Deadline July 7th)


Will update when information is available: 

St. George’s Episcopal Church
Vacation Bible School
Not Announced Yet
Call: (912) 925-6517

St. John’s Church
Not Announced Yet
Register Here 

Little Bryan Missionary Baptist Church
Not Announced Yet
Register Here

Saint Thomas’ Episcopal Church
Not Announced Yet
Register Here


Tips for Feeding a Large Family on a Small Budget


We are all looking for ways to cut costs these days and it does not help that the price of groceries keeps getting higher and higher.  The cost of food can definitely be a huge budget buster and we all know saving money on food means we can use that extra money somewhere else.  Large families face even more of a challenge because growing kids needs lots of food and if you are not careful, all that money can get eaten up at the register.  If you need to feed a large family on a small budget I have some great tips that will help stretch those dollars just a bit further.


Plan Your Meals:  Meal planning is definitely one of the top secrets to help feed a large family on a small budget.  You’re not only going to save time but you are saving money because you are going to have all the items on hand that you need to cook your meals, so there will be no running to the grocery store for last minute items.  If you are looking for some meal planning inspiration follow Savvy Savannah Shopper on Facebook, as I am always finding some yummy new ideas.


Check the Store Ads:  If you are meal planning but not paying attention to what’s on sale unfortunately you are going to be disappointed.  Before you sit down to plan your meals, check the store ads, deals, and plan your meals around what is on sale. The lowest priced items are typically featured on the front page.  Simply taking a few minutes and checking the store ads will end up saving you hundreds of dollars through the course of the year.


Stock Up When Prices are Low: If you see an item you typically buy at a rock bottom price STOCK up!!  If you can afford it, try and get about 3 months worth at that cost since the sales cycles typically follow a 3 – 4 month schedule, this will ensure you have enough supply until the next sales cycle.  If you can not afford 3 months worth, just buy what you can.


Freezer Space is Your Friend:  Part of saving TONS of money on food is making sure you have a place to store it.  Invest in an upright or chest freezer so that you are sure to have plenty of room to store items when you come across those rock bottom, stock up deals.  I store everything in mine from meats to day old bread, milk, veggies, fruits and anything else that can be frozen.


Cook more food:  Yes I know this sounds like it would cost more but it really doesn’t and it adds up to some huge savings.  For example if you are making a lasagna make a double batch and eat it for lunches during the week.  Spending money on lunch during the week adds up to a BIG expense and simply cooking a little bit more at dinnertime will allow you to save quite a bit of money and everyone will enjoy a healthier and tastier lunch.  Your second batch could also be put into a pan and frozen for a quick dinner on those crazy nights when you have no time to cook.


Grow a Garden:  The time is now to start your garden!  Produce adds up to be quite an expense, the small costs of seeds or plants are pennies compared to the bounty of fresh vegetables you will get.  I find the kids also like going out into the garden and picking their own veggies and you get the added benefit of enjoying organic produce with no pesticides.


Use Coupons: Feeding a large family on a small budget must include coupons!  Be sure to stack coupons on the store deals and you will be amazed at how fast the savings add up! I  post weekly-unadvertised deals to let you know the coupons you can use to save even more!


I know you all have some pretty creative ways to save money also so lets hear what is your best tips for feeding a large family on a small budget?



Georgia Power: New Savings on LED/CFL Lighting

georgia power

Georgia Power is offering a new instant-rebate on CFL and LED bulbs at participating retailers statewide such as Walmart, Home Depot and Costco locations.  No coupons or rebate forms are needed, shoppers should just look for the Georgia Power tag in-store at participating Costco, Home Depot and Walmart locations to save instantly at the register.

Customers at select retailers will be able to save $1.75 to $8 per pack instantly on a variety of wattages and color temperatures to fit individual lighting needs. The promotion is available at participating Costco locations through June 26 and participating Home Depot or Walmart locations through August 31. Offers are good while quantities last, with a limit of 16 bulbs per customer.


Stamp Out Hunger This Saturday With The USPS


In 2015, 70 million pounds of food was collected, which brought the grand total of donations to just under 1.3 billion pounds of food collected over the history of the drive! By working together we can beat last years total! It is held on Saturday, May 14.

Three easy steps to help end hunger:

  1. Buy food to donate
  2. Put donations in a bag
  3. Leave bag by mailbox


When do I put out the food? Just set out your non-perishable food well before your letter carrier’s normal pick-up time. Note that he or she will be delivering and collecting mail as usual, on top of collecting food donations, so that pickup time could be slightly later than usual.

What do you mean by “non-perishable food?” The top requested non-perishable food items are: cereal, pasta, pasta sauce or spaghetti sauce, rice, canned fruits and vegetables, canned meals (such as soups, chili and pasta), 100% juice, peanut butter, macaroni & cheese, canned protein (tuna, chicken and turkey), beans (canned or dry).

Is there anything I shouldn’t donate? Please do not donate frozen food, homemade food or home-canned items, or food in glass jars. In keeping with good food-handling and food-safety procedures, food that is opened, damaged, out of code or does not have the official ingredients included will be discarded by the food bank in the sorting process.

Do I need to use a special bag? No! No special bags are needed. Paper is sturdy and tends to hold more food, while plastic holds up better if it gets wet (in the rain, etc.). Cloth bags or boxes are also fine. So it’s your choice. And most bags and boxes can be easily recycled. We’ll take anything you leave out!

Can I donate toiletries or other personal care items, too? The Food Drive is primarily, well, a food drive, but if you also want to give personal care items (such as diapers, laundry detergent, soap, toilet paper and household cleaning items) in addition to your regular donation, food banks may be able to distribute or put them to good use with organizations that also provide help to those in need. Please note that not all food banks will be able to accept these items.

Does my food donation stay local? Yes—all food stays in your local community. It’s not shipped off to some regional distribution center hundreds of miles away. If you want to know where yours is going, call your local post office and ask to speak to your local food drive person.