Reading is fun for the entire family; adults, kids, and pre-readers. Chandler Public Libraries want to help everyone to feed their minds this summer and cultivate a joy of reading. This includes encouraging young children to read and learn throughout the summer break and avoid the “summer slide” that can negatively impact the new school year.
The annual Summer Reading Challenge starts June 1 at all Chandler Public Libraries and runs through Aug. 1. This year’s theme is “A Universe of Stories,” which encourages everyone to be part of a fun, online, summer reading adventure. It’s easy to participate: read 20 minutes a day, log your reading time online, complete challenges and attend library events to earn points and qualify for prizes. Participants also can earn food rewards and a free book to help build their own at-home library. They can also earn badges for these activities and keep a healthy competition with family and friends to see who can log the most time this summer.
“Summer is the perfect time to read for fun. Whether you like adventure, mystery or science fiction, there is something for everybody at our four locations and online in our e-book collection,” says Rosanna Johnson, library marketing coordinator. “We love helping kids maintain their literacy skills during the summer while challenging them with games and experiences that create excitement around reading.”
The Summer Reading Challenge is not only fun, it’s also one of the City’s major contributions to community literacy efforts. “Our libraries do so much more than lend books. They provide early literacy programs to children and their families and are centers of community engagement, especially in the hot summer months,” Johnson said. “Join us. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
For more information about the challenge, events, programs, and registration, visit Summer Reading Challenge or call 480-782-2800.
Chandler Summer Reading Challenge Kick-off Events:
- A Universe of Stories: All About Stars!
Saturday, June 1, 2019, 7–10 p.m.
Hamilton Library, 3700 S. Arizona Ave.
Join us at Hamilton Library as we kick-off our Summer Reading Challenge by having a Star Party! All ages are welcome for this event and to sign-up for the Summer Reading Challenge. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and attendees are invited to visit a NASA Selfie Station projected on a big screen in our new Early Literacy Space and stop by booths from local colleges. The City's Environmental Education Center will have a booth offering space-related crafts and providing information on their upcoming STEAM events. From 7:15-8:15 p.m., “Dr. T-Rex" of Chandler will perform his "Science of a Star" program, Then, at nightfall (approximately 8:30 p.m.) in front of the library, stargazers can check out spectacular views of planets, double stars, nebulae, star clusters and more courtesy of the Hamilton High School Astronomy Club (telescopes are provided). The KJZZ Soundbite Truck will be on site from 8-10 p.m. with AZ Central Reporter Bree Burkett hosting a podcast inside and recording attendees. Recording sessions are limited, and are filled on a first come, first served basis, so be sure to sign up when you arrive. On stage, Nick Shelby (former library assistant for CPL) and the Cosmic American Jukebox will be performing from the Soundbite Truck for all to enjoy. In case of inclement weather all indoor activities will continue as scheduled, while the outside star viewing will be cancelled. This program is supported in part with donations from Friends of the Chandler Public Library and Maricopa County Library District.
- A Universe of Stories: Star Knight Training
Wednesday, June 5, 2019, 2–3:30 p.m.
Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Road
In celebration of this year's theme: A Universe of Stories, a Star Knight and Dark Trooper will train your young ones in the ways of the Force. Star Knights will train young Padawans in 10 minute increments. See a staff person when you arrive to get a time-slot ticket. There also will be crafts and activities to help celebrate the start of the Summer Reading Challenge. Visit the KJZZ Soundbite truck's recording studio to tell us why you #LoveChandler Public Library! Recording sessions are limited, and are filled on a first come, first served basis.
- A Universe of Stories: #librarylove & #lovechandler, a Soundbite Experience
Saturday, June 8, 2019, 3–5 p.m.
Downtown Library Courtyard, 22 S. Delaware St.
Join us as we celebrate our part of the Universe with music, treats and storytelling. The KJZZ Soundbite truck – an all-in-one performance stage and recording studio – will visit the Downtown Chandler Public Library and interview community members about why they love Chandler, their Public Library and living in this community. Public interview sessions are limited, and are filled on a first come, first served basis. If you are unable to reserve an interview time slot, you can still attend to watch the KJZZ Soundbite truck in action. Singer and ukulele player Katy Litwiller will share a variety of her music from the performance stage, as well. The Friends of the Chandler Public Library will serve treats at this family friendly micro-festival that is supported, in part, by the Friends and the Maricopa County Library District.