Summer Challenge for Kids & Teens

Kids Summer Challenge

Explore summer at the library!  Our Summer Challenge for Kids starts June 13  through August 6.  Find ideas on what to read, how to stay active and have fun all summer.  Print the Tales to Trails reading game and keep track of reading and fun activities every day with our game board.  Copies of the game board are also available at all our branches.

This year the focus of our summer challenge is engagement and activity rather than prizes.  Reading, writing, playing, singing and making up stories are all ways that children build literacy skills.  Families are encouraged to spend time outdoors, read books together, and expand on the ideas listed on our game board.

Our summer program will focus on preventing summer slide and closing the opportunity gap through targeted outreach to partner agencies.

Please check your local branch and our Events Calendar for details on summer events for kids and families.

The Kids Summer Challenge is for kids ages 0-12 years.  You do not have to be reading on your own to participate.  Children ages 0-5 can participate with parents’ help.  Kids who have just graduated from 5th grade have the choice of participating in the Kids or Teen Summer Challenge.


Teen Summer Program

Summer’s here again!  Let’s celebrate and re-connect!  The Teen Summer Program starts June 18.  We are looking forward to seeing and hearing from you, and we have several ways for you to join us this year.

First, starting on June 18, drop by our branches for a free book to kick off your summer.  Check back with us throughout the summer as we’ll have some free take-home projects to help beat boredom.  Also available will be some handy free bookmarks on online learning resources, teen mental health and wellness resources, and our teen tough topics selection of books.

Keep an eye on our website for event information and craft tutorials, which will be published in our end-of-summer edition of The Spire – our entirely teen-created web magazine.  Submission of your own art, photography, poetry, or writing to The Spire are also welcome!  Details available on the Teen Summer Program page.

Finally, if you’d like to help plan programs, work on The Spire, or just pitch in with various projects, our Teen Leadership Crew is always looking for new members!  See you soon!

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