When school’s out for summer it’s time to “rock on” at your Chandler Public Library by participating in the annual Summer Reading Challenge. No matter your age, you can benefit from reading (or being read to) every day, especially if you are a student on a summer break. Through the Summer Reading Challenge you can also win prizes for your efforts.
Chandler Public Library is encouraging all adults, teens, children and parents with babies to read (or be read to) at least 20 minutes a day, plus complete online challenges and attend library programs to earn points and win prizes. Participants log their reading, completed challenges, and event attendance on the website – chandlerlibrary.org/src – to accumulate points towards their 1,000 point goal.
The theme of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge is “Libraries Rock!,” which encourages discovering ways in which music influences our lives and brings people together. Challenge participants can also highlight their activities on social media by using the hashtag #LibrariesRock! on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
“Summer is the perfect time to read for fun,” says Rosanna Johnson, library marketing coordinator. “Whether you like adventure, mystery or science fiction, there is something for everybody at our four locations and online in our e-book collection. And it’s easy to participate in the Summer Reading Challenge by simply reading 20 minutes a day!”
Beginning June 1, participants can start logging their summer reading activities for food rewards. Additionally, people who log 1,000 points can choose a free book from an online marketplace, while supplies last. Participants can earn points just for reading (1 minute = 1 point), but also for attending library events, completing online challenges and participating in community experiences. They can also earn badges for these activities and keep a healthy competition with family and friends to see who can log the most reading time this summer.
“Our Summer Reading Challenge is certainly fun, but it’s also one of the City’s major contributions to community literacy efforts,” adds Dan Lee, Chandler Library manager. “We love helping kids maintain their literacy skills during the summer while challenging them with games and experiences that create excitement around reading.”
Each library location will be hosting their own “kickoff” events, as well as hosting programs about music, technology, creativity, and, of course, books!
- Friday, June 1, 2-3 p.m., Basha Library, 5990 S. Val Vista Drive
- Saturday, June 2, 2-3 p.m., Hamilton Library, 3700 S. Arizona Ave.
- Wednesday, June 6, 2-4 p.m., Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Road
- Thursday, June 7, 2-3 p.m., Downtown Library, 22 S Delaware St.
The Summer Reading Challenge runs through Aug. 1. For more information, visit chandlerlibrary.org/src or call 480-782-2800.