Summer reading isn’t just for kids! Our 2021 Summer Reading Challenge is for all ages, including adults! Lose yourself in a fun beach read, untangle the knots in a thrilling mystery, or travel to faraway lands in a fantasy novel and get rewarded for simply opening a book!
How does it work?
You can either register in person at the library, or here on our website, starting May 29.
If registering in person, either come into the library and register at one of our service desks, or park in one of our designated curbside spots and follow the directions on the sign. Once you register, you will get a packet for each person in your family participating in the program that includes a game sheet, a calendar of events, a suggested reading list, and information about our prizes. Complete 20 of the activities on your game sheet and return it to the library to get a reward and a chance to win one of our grand prizes. You can earn more raffle tickets for a grand prize by completing more game sheets. Last day to turn in your game sheet will be Saturday, August 7!
If you register here online, then please fill out the form below. You can sign up your entire family by using this one form. We can either mail your packet to you, email a digital version for you to print at home, or have it ready for you to pick up at the desk or with our curbside service.
Please note that rewards and prizes must be picked up at the library or through the library’s curbside service. We will not mail rewards and prizes out. Also, library services and hours may change over the course of the summer as we continue to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check our COVID-19 Updates page or our Facebook page for the latest information about the library.
Why read over the summer?
If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “I wish I had more time to read,” summertime can be a good time to try and make reading a habit. For many folks, summertime comes with less demands on personal time, particularly for adults with school-aged children. Our summer reading challenge lasts 10 weeks, giving you ample time to complete the 20 activities on the sheet, and giving you a goal to work towards beyond just finishing a book. We also include in your registration packet a suggested reading list of books available in the library or through our library system to help you find a story you might like. And there’s no penalty for not finishing a book!
Another benefit to making reading part of your schedule is that it helps show the young people in your life that reading is important. Children are constantly looking at adults to show them how to act, how to behave, how to approach a problem, and that is incredibly true when it comes to reading. If you make time to read, even if it’s reading a few pages at breakfast, opting to pick up a magazine instead of your phone while waiting at a doctor’s office, or spending a lazy Sunday afternoon savoring a chapter or two on the couch, that will help show your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, etc. that reading is important and worthy of your time. And it will show them that they should also consider reading important and worthy of their time. So sign up today!