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bookworms Children's summer reading challenge

Stop the summer slide and keep your kids reading all season long by joining our Bookworms Summer Reading Challenge for ages 6-12.

What exactly is the challenge? The challenge is to join Cornelius the bookworm, our mascot, in an amazing animal adventure to complete 8 themed kits. The activities in each kit are geared towards key areas of learning like reading, writing, STEAM and digital literacy.

Each kit includes things to build and keep, like complete a pet sticker by number sheet and create a squeakin’ squakin’ chicken using the supplies provided. Other activities really stretch kids’ brains like this one from our Amazing Animals kit: Use EBSCO’s Explora database to find information about your favorite animal. Can you use this database to find a magazine article about the animal of your choice?

Sign up each week for a new kit and make summer boredom hissssstory!

Have questions about our Children's Summer Reading Challenge? Take a look at our FAQ page.

green worm with blue bowtie and black rimmed glasses on a blue circle with text Cornelius

kit themes

watercolor brown bear on a blue wash

Amazing Animals

June 14-20


Reserve this kit June 9-13

 
 
watercolor pink pig on a green background

Farm Friends

June 21-27


Reserve this kit June 16-20

 
 
watercolor corgi on a pink wash

Pets

June 28-July 4


Reserve this kit June 23-27

 
 
watercolor blue and gray sea turtle on a blue wash

Ocean Adventures

July 5-11


Reserve this kit June 30-July 4

 
 
watercolor orange and black tiger on a purple wash

At the Zoo

July 12-18


Reserve this kit July 7-11

 
 
watercolor fawn on a blue and tan wash

Baby Animals

July 19-25


Reserve this kit July 14-18

 
 
watercolor brown monkey with a long tail on a green wash

Rainforest

July 26-August 1


Reserve this kit July 21-25

 
 
 

Fairy Tails

August 2-8


Reserve this kit July 28-Aug 1

 
 
Children's Events
Sat, May 08, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Google Meet
Enter the magical realm of Cornelia Funke's classic 'Dragon Rider'
Registration is now closed

Tue, May 11, 10:30am - 11:00am
Facebook Live
Join in the fun with stories, songs, flannel board stories, fingerplays and a craft that encourage development of early literacy skills... more
Join in the fun with stories, songs, flannel board stories, fingerplays and a craft that encourage development of early literacy skills in young children.

Tue, May 11, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Reed Memorial Library Google Meet
Discover how to grow your own sunflowers from seed!

Thu, May 13, 10:30am - 11:00am
Reed Memorial Library Google Meet
Discover the joy of reading with stories, songs, flannel board stories, fingerplays and a craft that encourage development of early... more
Discover the joy of reading with stories, songs, flannel board stories, fingerplays and a craft that encourage development of early literacy skills in young children.

Sat, May 15, 11:00am - 12:00pm
YouTube
Imagine making magical, mystical creations using everyday chemistry.

Tue, May 18, 10:30am - 11:00am
Facebook Live
Join in the fun with stories, songs, flannel board stories, fingerplays and a craft that encourage development of early literacy skills... more
Join in the fun with stories, songs, flannel board stories, fingerplays and a craft that encourage development of early literacy skills in young children.

Thu, May 20, 10:30am - 11:00am
Reed Memorial Library Google Meet
Discover the joy of reading with stories, songs, flannel board stories, fingerplays and a craft that encourage development of early... more
Discover the joy of reading with stories, songs, flannel board stories, fingerplays and a craft that encourage development of early literacy skills in young children.