Your Summer Adventure Begins at the Library (And You Win Prizes!)

Photo of kids at a library.

Most K-12 students in our county will spend time enjoying a break from the classroom at the pool, at camps, on vacation and working summer jobs. According to many studies, another activity they should do is to read for pleasure – it enhances their reading skills and helps them to succeed in school.

And unlike many other summer activities, reading is free when you visit our Fairfax County Public Library branches. Our Summer Reading Adventure runs until Sept. 2.

Watch the video to learn more:


Here’s How it Works:

1.  Beginning June 23, parents and kids can sign up for the summer reading adventure by registering online or visiting a library branch.

2. After you register, read the minimum number of books for the age/grade level by Sept. 2:

  • Young children through third grade: 15 books (kids can have books read to them.)
  • Fourth through sixth grade: 10 books
  • Seventh grade through high school: 5 books

Bonus! Kids and teens can read any books they choose. They can even read free eBooks or listen to eAudio books or books on CD, which are all available through your library branch. The library even has a list of authors you may want to check out.

3. 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 Sept. 2 to pick up a coupon book with 30+ free and discounted fun treats like ice cream and miniature golf.

Register for Reading Adventure


But Wait, There’s More!

The Summer Reading Adventure also includes special events and contests.

The Library offers lots of fun events all summer long including Beech Tree Puppets, Leesburg Animal Park, Dinoman Dinosaurs, Around the Americas with Andrés and much more. Special events for teens include paint your own pottery, henna tattooing, cupcake Wars, robotics and our Teen Cover Art Contest. There’s also an essay contest for rising seventh through ninth graders cosponsored with the For Love of Country Foundation.

All events and activities are free but often fill up quickly, so registration is required. 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).

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