Sno-Isle Libraries is ready to help kids and teens stay engaged with reading with its annual Summer Reading program.
Starting June 21, kids and teens who read for 10 hours by Sept. 12 will earn a free book, courtesy of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation and Friends of the Library groups. Participants can track their hourly progress using a paper log or online using Beanstack, opens a new window.
Anyone from birth to age 18 can participate in Summer Reading, said Jen Sullivan, Sno-Isle Libraries Summer Reading program coordinator.
“We have a kids’ reading log for ages 0-11 and a teens’ reading log for ages 11-18,” she said. “We let 11-year-olds choose which log they want to use.”
The Boys & Girls Club of Snohomish County is coming back “for at least the sixth year” as a Summer Reading partner, said Marci Volmer, the club’s chief operating officer. Every club in the county will participate.
“One of the great things about our partnership is that the communities with clubs are also the communities with libraries,” she said. “Even if a club doesn’t have a local community library, they still read.”
Summer Reading program participants can read anything they want, and young readers can have an adult or caregiver read to them, Sullivan said. When participants log 10 hours of reading, they can come to a community library to receive a free book.
There’s more than just reading.
Summer Reading has events for all interests covering art, science, dance, technology and more, Sullivan said. Some examples include: Inside a Whale with Foss Maritime Museum, Drawing with Summer Reading illustrator Sarah K. Turner, Virtual Farm Adventure with Oxbow Farm, Islamic Pattern Making with Amina Quraishi, Becoming a Video Game Designer with Stage 2 Studios, and Dance Makers with Pacific NW Ballet. Check out all the Summer Reading events on the Sno-Isle Libraries online calendar.
There’s also a Summer Reading scavenger hunt. Participants can pick up a Find It! Scavenger Hunt card at any Sno-Isle Libraries community library. On it are six zoomed-in photos of notable landmarks in each Sno-Isle Libraries community.
“Each mysterious location is within approximately 1 mile of the library,” Sullivan said. “Kids can try to identify where or what each zoomed-in photo is and they can ask their local librarians for clues and the final answers.”
Academic success is one of the top priorities for the Boys & Girls Club of Snohomish County.
“Combating summer learning loss is an intentional part of our summer programming,” Volmer said. “Clubs schedule time in each day for education activities, including free reading time. While clubs vary in schedules, this generally takes place in the afternoon, after lunch and outside time. It’s a good way to get the kids ‘back’ and focused for the rest of the day. Club staff help track time spent on reading for the groups.”
All youth ages 5-18 may join the Boys & Girls Club of Snohomish County by visiting a local club or the Boys & Girls Club of Snohomish County website, opens a new window. The basic membership fee is $30 per year per child.
“We truly appreciate our partnership and this opportunity for our kids,” Volmer said. “The librarians are very creative, fun and flexible.”