Summer Read and Learn 2018.Get ready for a summer challenge full of music, exciting programs, and fun activities.
The program offers kids, tweens, and teens read and learn activities. Keep track of your progress online and on your game board (available for kids and teens). You can earn online badges and prizes (while supplies last), as well as earn raffle entries as you complete activities or read books. Ages 0-12 can earn prizes at 3-6-9 and 12 points while teens can earn prizes at 3 and 6 points. There are reading medals for those of you who are brave enough to conquer the "Bonus Challenge!"
You can sign up online or at your local branch anytime between June 9 and September 9. You'll have until September 9 to finish the program and collect your rockin' prizes.
You'll find music, magic, songs, storytelling, animals, and more at the jamming kids' programs this summer. There are also many teen programs to get you ready and rolling along for summer! Try a book club, some Tai Chi, a Maker group, or a writing club. Find more information about events for teens on the Teensite page.
Adults, teens, and children can join our popular 2018 Reading Challenge. Or, rock with the best of us, and by that I mean read like a librarian of course! Sign up online and join the program. Read a book from each of twelve different categories. Complete the program online and be entered into a raffle to earn prizes.
Rising 5th and 6th graders can once again take part in the summer writing contest called A Book That Shaped Me. Participants write a short essay about a book (fiction or non-fiction) that has had a personal impact on their life. The contest is sponsored by the Library of Congress National Book Festival. Entry submission forms and letters must be turned in to any MCPL branch by Saturday, July 7. Top winners will be honored at the Library of Congress National Book Festival on September 1 and earn prizes.
Do you have fines on your library card? Are you a kid or a teen? Then you should take part in the Great Fines Read Off. Kids and teens ages 17 years or younger can earn a "Library Buck" for every half-hour they read in the library. If you read to another young person in the library, you can both receive credit for your time! You can register at any branch and may read any type of material such as books, graphic novels, magazines, e-books, e-magazines, and websites. The best part is, the Great Fines Read Off runs all year long!
Wondering what to read this summer? We've got compelling and diverse booklists of reading suggestions for kids and teens by grade level! Need some more suggestions? Try our Kids and Teens pages. Adults can find book suggestions on our Readers' Cafe pages. Want some personalized help? Just fill out our What Do I Check Out Next? online form and we'll email suggestions just for you. Of course, you can always go right to the source and ask any of our friendly librarians in person at your local branch. We're always happy to help!
Ready to take the stage, learn something new, and help us show how much libraries rock this summer? Sign up starting June 9 for an awesome summer of reading and learning fun! Summer Read and Learn 2018 - Come rock with us!
Want to learn more? Listen to the Library Matters podcast episode below, where Children's Librarians Christine Freeman and Lauren Martino talk about MCPL's Summer Read and Learn program and some of the amazing events happening at MCPL branches throughout the summer.