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!

Children’s Challenge

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.

Children’s Events

June 2, 10.30am

Animal Tales

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

Build-an-Ocean-Friend Workshop

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!

Beanstack Tracker

Teen Challenge

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.

Download the Welcome Kit Here.

Teen Events

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

Adult’s Challenge

Literary Bingo

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.

Register your child below!

Register for our Teen Challenge ( ages 12-17 )!

Register for our Literary Bingo challenge!