Summer Reading Challenge 2022
May 23 – July 8
Every year, across all our library branches, we host a Summer Reading Challenge for all ages. This program began as an initiative to help prevent children and teens from falling into the “summer slide” – the period of summer break between school years where they lose the knowledge gained during the previous year. Our Challenge is a month-long event that is not only educational, but fun, interactive and full of activity. This way, children keep learning even when they are not at school.
Here’s how it works!
We are keeping it simple this year, we challenge children to read for 10 minutes at a time. Read whatever you want! A picture book, Harry Potter, the Captain Crunch cereal box, all that matters is that your child is reading. Simply turn that timer on your phone and have them read away! (Maybe you read together!)
There are five levels to the challenge, each a total of reading for 200 minutes. After completing each level, your child will receive a raffle ticket to enter the drawing of the prize of their choice. The higher the level, the higher the earned raffle tickets! Each completed level also earns you a mini prize. So:
- Level 1 – 1 raffle ticket & a mini prize
- Level 2 – 2 raffle tickets & a mini prize
- Level 3 – 3 raffle tickets & a mini prize
- Level 4 – 4 raffle tickets & a mini prize
- Level 5 – 5 raffle tickets & a mini prize
Last day to submit your completed level sheets is July 8. The Grand Prize winners will be announced July 11.
June 2, 10.30am
So many different animals, so much to learn! The keepers and watchers of Animal Tales will be introducing us to various different animal species: birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. Here is your chance to see these exotic creatures from around the world!
June 7, 10.00am-4.00pm
Marine Life Mobile Lab
The Gulf Specimen Marine Lab is a travelling exhibit of the sea life in the Florida's Gulf Coast. Meet horseshoe crabs, sea anemones, turtles and more while learning about the lives of these extraordinary sea-dwelling creatures.
June 9, 10.30am
Shark Story Time
June 14, 10.30am
Story Time with Music therapist Wimberly
June 16, 10.30am
Arts + Crafts: Sea Shell Collage
June 21, 10.30am
Arts + Crafts: Under the Sea
June 23, 10.00am-12.00pm
June 28, 10.30am
Choose a favorite sea creature stuffed animal and bring it to life. While supplies last.
June 30, 10.30am
The Magicial Arthur Atsma
Prepare to be awed by talented magician, Arthur Atsma. Arthur’s combination of comedy and sleight of hand is sure to delight all ages!
July 8, 10.00am-11.00am
Kona Ice – Free Shave Ice!
Another way to track your Challenge progress is with Beanstack!
Log your minutes with Beanstack! Either head over to our Beanstack site or download the application to track your minutes and earn badges!
3 Ways to Play
There are a few different ways to play: (1) Simply read! Every 500 pages read, earns ten prize raffle tickets; (2) Complete the challenges on the Teen Book Bingo; each line earns a prize raffle ticket; (3) Complete all the puzzles in the Teen Reading Challenge Welcome Kit and earn a raffle ticket for each.
Movies in the Stacks
Every Friday in June, 11.00am
Every Monday in June, 2.00pm
Arts + Crafts
June 8, 15 + 22, 10.30am
Nailed It! Challenge
June 28, 10.30am
Take a crack at our micro-verison of Nailed It! Re-create a SmallCakes cupcake creation, and yes, it will be edible.
*while supplies last
Ice Cream Drop-In
June 30, 2.00pm
Grab yourself some ice cream as an “end of the challenge” treat.
*while supplies last
It’s simple! Grab a Literary Bingo Card and complete the challenges. Create a line (or multiple lines) either vertical, horizontal or diagional to recieve a raffle ticket to the submit to the drawing of your prize of choice. Each line earns one ticket and a black-out earns 15 tickets. Complete as many Bingo cards as you wish for your chance to win! Prizes will be awarded July 11.