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Posted on: June 1, 2022

2022 Summit County Library Summer Reading Program is all about the Ocean

Oceans of Possibilities

Summer reading isn’t just for kids anymore and it's not just about books either

Contact: Stephanie Ralph, Summit County Library Director, 970-668-4282

SUMMIT COUNTY – The 2022 Summit County Library Reading Program will commence on June 6 with a focus on the Ocean. Summit County Library has been putting on a Summer Reading program for over 30 years to combat summer learning loss (AKA the “summer slide”), develop a love of reading in children, and help struggling readers catch up before the next school year. Programming, materials, and activities for children are a core part of every library’s offerings year-round. 

With reading challenges, outdoor programs, and prizes for book lovers of all ages, Summit County Libraries invite the community to join in celebrating the joy of reading this summer. The theme this year, Oceans of Possibilities, invites community members to explore all things water, with activities, programs, and all kinds of books. By joining the fun, children can earn prizes, and connect with others through the power of stories. 

After going virtual in 2020, Summit County Library is back to all in-person free programs in outdoor settings. The summer event includes a lineup of fun performers such as Mr. Kneel: Hip Hop for Kids, Cool Science, Drum Safari, the Downtown Aquarium, and Steve Weeks music, as well as a visit from the National Repertory Orchestra. This year’s finale on Friday, July 29, will feature a special foam party on the lawn, so get your swimsuits ready! Performances will take place Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. at South Branch Library in Breckenridge and 1:30 p.m. at the Main Library in Frisco, as the North Branch Library will be getting ready for a remodel and expansion.

Outdoor story times for preschoolers will be held on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. at all 3 locations, and Junior STEAM programs will be on Thursdays at the South Branch Library in Breckenridge, and the Main Library in Frisco with a required registration.

Want to practice your reading skills in a no-judgement zone? 

The library has gone above and beyond this year and added Read to Miss Mermaid Colorado 2022 on Mondays, and Read to Harry the Cat on Tuesdays, both at the South Branch Library, in addition to the popular Read to a Dog program on Thursdays at the Main and South Branches, and Saturday mornings at the North Branch Library.

The summer reading program includes extensive offerings and fun activities for adults, including their own reading challenge, crochet and knitting crafternoons, an educational series with High Country Conservation, and canvas painting and live music on the deck at the South Branch. 

We encourage all community members, from children to adults to join us this summer! Readers are encouraged to register using the free app Beanstack; accessible on mobile devices or at Parents will be required to register as the account creator, in order to sign up family members as “readers”. Starting Monday, June 6, readers of all ages will start logging their hours on the Summit County Library Beanstack website or app to earn badges and free books. Being read-to or listening to audiobooks will also count.

“The more students read, the better their chances of winning gift cards and entries into grand prize drawings for local experiences at Elevation Bowl, Wild and Free, Frisco Adventure Park, Breck Create, A-Basin, Copper and Epic Discovery Adventure Parks, Lake Dillon Theatre, Studio Massage and much more,” said Summit County Library Director Stephanie Ralph. “A sincere thank you to the Summit County community for their generous donations and support of Summer Reading program this year.”

“Library staff are excited to tell you all about summer reading and help you get the whole family registered, so call us to learn more, visit our website, follow us on Facebook or stop in,” added Ralph.  

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