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Adventure Begins at Your Library: Summer Events, Activities & A Reading Challenge

Posted on June 5, 2024 at 6:00 am

Summer Reading Events at SCLD Libraries

The theme for this year’s Summer Reading events, activities, and reading challenge is Adventure Begins at Your Library.

We invite you to visit your library to explore a great selection of books found on library shelves and in our digital collections for our Summer Reading Challenge, as well as with our programs and events with something for everyone, at any age.

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Families & Kids

Explore adventures and engaging events for kids and families:

Camp Read-a-Rama for kids entering grades 2–5 returns to North Spokane and Spokane Valley Libraries this summer. Campamento de verano en la biblioteca / Summer Library Camp in Spanish, also for kids entering grades 2–5, returns in August at Spokane Valley Library.

Along with our weekly Play & Learn Storytimes at nine of our libraries, families with young children can enjoy nature, stories, and songs and visit our mobile library LINC at Family Storytime in the Park at three Spokane Valley parks.

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Teens & Tweens

Teens (ages 13–18) and tweens (ages 8–12) can get adventurous and creative during the following events:

Arts & Creative Crafts

STEM & Audio-Visual Workshops

Creative Fiber & Textile Arts

K–12 Summer Author Talks

Watch online talks with amazing children’s book authors:

  • Kate DiCamillo, author of the Mercy Watson series, The Magician’s Elephant, and others (grades pre-kindergarten–2)
  • Max Brallier, author of The Last Kids on Earth series, Eerie Elementary series, and Galactic Hot Dogs series (grades 3–6)
  • Elizabeth Acevedo, poet and author of The Poet X (grades 9–12)
  • Dan Santat, author and graphic artist of A First Time for Everything (grades 5–8)
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Our libraries have adventures as well as entertaining and educational things to do this summer for adults, including gardening, hiking and nature programs, creative programs, and informational sessions.

Learn more about summer library programs and activities for adults by picking up your copy of Engage at the library or by viewing the online version today.

Summer Reading Challenge

Our summer reading challenge is the perfect way to avoid summer slide (aka summer learning loss), which happens when kids don’t read over the summer and actually lose ground with reading skills.

Teens and grownups are also encouraged to accept the challenge and read what they love this summer. If there’s a topic or genre that you’re interested in, you can find a title or several in our catalog to enjoy.

Adventure Begins at Your Library: Online Summer Reading Challenge with Beanstack

Adventure Begins at Your Library: Summer Reading Challenge


For all ages

Track your summer reading, earn badges, and enter to win binoculars. Reach your reading goals, try new things, and explore your community with our library challenges.

Kids and teens, ages 5–17, who register for summer reading with Beanstack can choose a book to keep forever, while supplies last. Books are provided courtesy of the Library Foundation of Spokane County through generous community donations to Library Giving Day 2024.

You can log your reading and rate and review books to earn badges. Everyone who registers for summer reading and reads at least 600 minutes during the challenge receives a Certificate of Achievement and bragging rights.

Help us reach our community reading goal this summer!

Sign Up for the Challenge

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