Summer Reading Challenge is a free program that encourages children and teens to read over the school break in order to prevent summer reading loss, when students who don't read can lose up to three months of reading achievement. Summer reading loss is cumulative. By the end of fifth grade, children who lose reading skills over the summer will be three years behind their classmates. The library offers incentives such as fun prizes and activities in exchange for reading.
This year's theme, Oceans of Possibilities, encourages youth and families to enjoy fun and engaging programs and activities about the deep blue ocean, sea animals and creatures, boats, ships, conserving water and taking care of our planet. Children of all ages can join the challenge and earn points by reading books, completing fun activities, and attending virtual programs all summer long.
Our focus for children and teens is to keep their minds active and engaged during their summer break, with incentives for reading and a wide array of programs highlighting music and its connection to science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM), making, coding and more.