Summer Challenge for All Ages

Summer Challenge 2020 has now ended.
Tales to Trails Summer Challenge

Kids Summer Challenge 2020

June 15 – August 8


This year we have two games for kids to play! You can do one or both.

  1. Print the Tales to Trails reading game and keep track of reading and fun activities every day with our fun game board.
  2. Sign up for our online Tales to Trails Summer Challenge (starting June 15). Log your minutes, earn badges, and join with kids, teens and adults in our communities to reach the summer reading goal of 1 million minutes.
  3. Join our Superstars Gallery. Send us a picture of something you created. Submit:

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.

FAQs about this year’s Summer Challenge


Why is this Summer Challenge different?

With the closure of libraries and schools this spring due to Covid-19, it has been even more apparent that equity issues exist for many children in our county, including communities of color, children reading below grade level and children in homes without internet access.

The primary focus of County efforts continues to be Disaster Service Work, and many library staff are engaged in these efforts. Remaining staff are providing curbside service at branches.

This year our summer program will focus on preventing summer slide and closing the opportunity gap through targeted outreach to partner agencies. We are providing an online reading program thanks to a generous offer from Beanstack, and we are working on plans to integrate aspects of our reading program into our curbside service.

Will there be prizes?

This year the focus of our summer challenge is engagement and activity rather than prizes. Staff have not been in library buildings since March and have been unable to order any physical materials.

Will there be programs?

Please check our website for more information about online programs this summer. (Coming soon)

How do I get reading recommendations for me/my child?

Talk to a Librarian by calling 415-473-2272 (Mon-Fri 9-6) or visit our Contact Us page. Staff can create personalized recommendations especially chosen for you!

The Kids Summer Challenge Program is generously funded by the Friends of the Marin County Free Library.

Teen Summer Challenge 2020

June 15 – August 8


Hey, teens! The Summer Challenge is a little bit different this year, but there are so many ways to participate and stay connected!

CREATE. The library is putting together take-home kits of crafts, art supplies, and other projects for you to pick up at your library. Stay tuned for more information.

CONNECT. Keep an eye on our event calendar for virtual programs like cooking demos and book clubs. Event descriptions, registration info, and links to join can be found here: Teen Summer Events (Coming soon).

READ. Beginning Monday, June 15th, keep a log of what you read, watch, and listen to and earn badges:

We would like to thank these sponsors for funding of our Teen Summer Challenge:
Friends of the Marin County Free Library – Marin County Library Foundation
Friends of the Corte Madera Library – 
Friends of the Civic Center Library
Friends of the Fairfax Library – Friends of the Marin City Library – Friends of the Novato Libraries
Friends of Bolinas Stinson Beach Libraries – Tomales Bay Library Association
California Library Association – California State Library

Adult Summer Challenge 2020

June 15 – August 8


We’re doing things a little differently this year and opening up our Summer Reading Challenge to all ages.  Be a part of our community of readers and keep a log of what you read, watch, and listen to and earn badges: