School’s almost out, but that doesn’t mean the learning can’t continue. Our library provides a free summer reading program that includes activities, programs and prizes for readers of all ages.
According to many studies, reading for pleasure enhances children’s reading skills and helps them to succeed in school. Luckily, the library’s Summer Reading Adventure 2019 provides plenty of ways for even the most lukewarm reader to get excited about books during summer break.
And for the first time, this year features an adult summer reading program as well.
- Beginning Thursday, June 13, parents and kids can sign up for the summer reading adventure that runs through Saturday, Aug. 31, by registering online or visiting a library branch.
- Here are the minimum number of books to read by age/grade level:
- Young children through third grade: 15 books (kids can have books read to them).
- Fourth through fifth grade: 10 books.
- Sixth grade through high school: 5 books.
Kids can also read free eBooks or listen to eAudio books or books on CD, which are all available through your library branch.
- Keep a paper or online log of the books read. When a child reaches the minimum for their age group, visit one of our library branches by Aug. 31 to pick up a coupon book with free and discounted fun treats like ice cream, soccer games and miniature golf.
Having a hard time keeping your teenage kid engaged? The library has special programs and contests designed just for them this summer! Teens can take part in an essay and poetry contest, a film festival and a cover art contest all aimed at students entering seventh grade or above. Some competitions even have cash prizes! Visit your local library branch or look online for information and entry details.
New this year, Fairfax County Public Library is launching a summer reading program designed specifically for adults. Beginning Thursday, June 13, and running through Saturday, Aug. 31, readers ages 18 and up can pick up reading logs from any library branch or print out a reading log online. Participants can read (or listen to) four books of their choice, then complete a book or suggested log activity for their fifth entry.
Readers can bring up to two completed logs to any branch for incentives, and all finishers will be eligible for a grand prize drawing at the conclusion of the summer reading program on Aug. 31.
The Summer Reading Adventure also has tons of special events and contests for kids and adults alike! The library offers fun events all summer long including Rocknoceros!, Groovy Nate, Chris Michael Magic, a Harry Potter Escape Room and more. Special events for teens include historical swordsmanship, a stop-animation workshop, a comic club and robotics workshops.
All events and activities are free but often fill up quickly. Some events require registration – sign up online or at your library branch beginning two weeks before an event. If needed, ask for signed interpretation or assistive listening devices when you call (TTY users can call 711).