Summer Reading Program
June 1–July 31, 2022
Discover the possibilities this summer with books, new interests, and fun prizes! All ages are welcome to join. Learn how below.
Many thanks to this year’s Summer Reading Program sponsors, whose generous donations towards program materials, events, and prizes qualify them as Champions of Literacy:
📱 Follow us on social media and share your summer fun: #mgplsummer
Birth through Grade 8
Registration is now closed. Stop by the Youth Services desk to pick up your Summer Reading materials and your free book.
How to Participate:
Record Your Reading
Start participating right away. Record your reading on the log by coloring a fish for every 20 minutes you read. Listening to audiobooks and reading together as a family count too. Color in every fish on the log to complete the program.
Stop in and collect prizes starting June 6. Read a minimum of 3 hours (color 9 fishes) in June to collect your first prize. Read another minimum of 3 hours in July to collect your second prize.
First prize: Summer Reading T-shirt
Second prize: Water Toy
Grand Prize Drawings
When you stop in to collect your prizes in June and July, you’ll also get a grand prize drawing entry (one for each month). You choose the prize by putting your entry in the box for the prize you hope to win! Winners will be notified after each of the drawings.
For babies/ toddlers: Enjoy watching the live cams at the aquariums together. Talk about what colors you see, what the animals are doing, which animals are your favorites. Try to move like the animals are moving.
For school-aged children: As you explore the websites, you can use the prompts below as a guide. You can write the answers, or talk about them with someone:
- Watch one of the live cams of the animals at any of the aquariums. What animal did you choose? What are the animals doing? How many are there? Can you move like they're moving?
- The Monterey Bay Aquarium has a section all about Deep Sea Creatures. How are these creatures different from other sea creatures? How do they live in such deep places?
- All of the aquarium websites have information about how to reduce pollution in the ocean. What's one thing you can do to help the oceans stay clean?
- Choose any animal from the aquariums and draw a picture of it.
Use your library card to access the media streaming service, Hoopla. You'll find e-books, e-audiobooks, music, movies, TV shows, and comics for all ages. Check out some of our favorite ocean inspired music on Hoopla:
Baby Shark & More Kids Songs (Various Artists)
Finding Nemo: Ocean Favorites (Various Artists)
Hal Wright: Ocean Dreams
Nashville Kids Sound: Oceans
Natural White Noise: Water - Scientifically Proven to Help Your Baby Sleep
Super Simple Songs: Down in the Deep Blue Sea
Read a Tumblebook: Search by subject for 'shark' for some fin-tastic animated talking-picture books, videos, and games for younger kids.
Do an Activity on Scholastic Teachables: Search by 'ocean' for ocean inspired activities and work sheets for preK-Sth graders.
Find a cool fact using World Book: Find out cool facts about your favorite sea creatures. There are three different levels of World Book available to you, for kids from preschool to middle school.
For Adults & Teens
Grade 9 and older
Starting June 1, fill out a log with four titles of books you read, movies and shows you watch, music you listen to, video games you play, and Library programs you participate in.
Complete and submit your first log to be entered into the prize drawings and get a Summer Reading t-shirt. (While supplies last.) Paper logs are available in the library or you can complete a log online.
Complete and submit additional logs for a chance to win prize drawings on July 1 and August 1:
- Teens in Grades 9–12: Amazon gift cards
- Adults: Gift cards to local restaurants and grocery stores