Wednesday, August 19, 2015

5 Ways to End Your Kid's Summer on a High Note

The last few weeks before back-to-school are often filled with frantic shopping trips and last minute details that need to be finalized. With most Montgomery County students scheduled to head back to school on August 31, and other area schools heading back sooner, we know this is a busy time for parents and kids. But summer is not quite over yet, so here are 5 ways to end your kid's summer on a high note:

1. Finish summer reading.
Registration for MCPL's summer reading program closed August 9, but participants who have already signed up for an online account can continue logging books—and earning badges and incentives—through August 31. Starting September 1, our summer reading portal will convert to Beanstack's reader's advisory service and will continue to provide book suggestions for readers at all levels.

2. Attend a special summer program.
While many summer reading programs have already passed, there are still a number of exciting special events this month. These include events with the Maryland Zoo and Shazam Magic, both of which have been entertaining families all summer long, as well as special events like Chinese dance and movie nights.

Weekly Rhyme Time at Long Branch
3. Attend a recurring library program.
Storytimes and LEGO programs are a staple of the library all year long—and that includes the summer! Whether you are looking for an activity to break up errands, or just need to get out of the house, heading out to your local branch for one of these fun, learning events is a great way to spend a few hours.

4. Learn a new skill.
Kids can sharpen their reading skills and gain reading confidence through programs like our Read to a Dog and Grandreaders programs, but they can also learn an entirely new skill like chess or explore a topic like emergency preparedness. Branches also have STEM stations set up for kids to gain hands-on understanding of science concepts.

5. Get your child's library card.
Ok, library card sign-up month is officially September (more about this next week), but why not add getting a library card to your child's back-to-school list? A library card will help encourage your child to read and be engaged in other library activities.

Have an older child? We have great events for teens as well. Three late-summer events for teens:

1. Teen writing clubs.
Our teen writing clubs are on-going groups that meet at several of our branches. Whether you are a fiction writer or a blogger, all writing styles and skill levels are welcome at these groups, which will give you a chance to practice your writing skills and get assistance and feedback from a supportive group of peers.

2. Rock the Mic Open Mic Night.
Teens will rock the mic at an open mic night at the Rockville Memorial Library this Saturday, August 22, and next Saturday, August 29,  from 7-8:30 PM. Bring your poetry, spoken word, and acoustic instruments!

3. Teen and adult events.
Teens are also invited to participate in events for teens and adults, such as knit and crochet groups, conversation clubs, and gardening workshops.


  1. We have enjoyed all your events (LEGO, Magic shows, science shows) for my 2 kids this summer at the Davis, Potomac, Chevy Chase, Poolesville, and Bethesda library! We have loved them all! We will continue to come to the LEGO events in the fall and winter! Thank you so much!

    1. You are very welcome! We are so glad you enjoyed Summer Reading, and we look forward to see you at more events this fall.

  2. My 5 year old and 3 year loved the Summer Reading program! Thank you! We will continue to do it every year! This was our 1st year!

    1. You are very welcome. We are so glad you enjoyed it, and we look forward to having you back next summer!