May 17, 2018

Why come to the Library’s SummerQuest program?

SummerQuest June 9-August 18

BAPL offers a Summer Reading Program for kids and adults. For information on the children’s program see below. For information on the adult reading program, see Summer Reading Program… not just for kids!


Why come to the library’s SummerQuest program? SummerQuest is a new take on the old Summer Reading Program. It’s Reading + Activities = Prizes. So before you hear that first “I’m bored!” check out why SummerQuest can be a hot ticket for your family.

  •  KIDS CAN AVOID THE “SUMMER SLIDE.” Students can lose up to 3 months in skills during the Summer break. But when they read and engage in learning activities over the summer, they enter school in the fall ready to learn. (Plus, they can earn prizes as they do!)
  • THERE’S PLENTY TO DO. Fight boredom with the library’s many FREE enriching and fun events both at the library an in the community. You’ll find programs for toddlers through teens. Check out the SummerQuest happenings on the events calendar of our homepage: Events are held at both the Main Library and South Side Branch.
  • IT’S ALL FREE! There are computers for games and internet access, plus thousands of books movies, video games, music CDs, and toys to check out and take home — plus downloadable items. All you need is a library card.

A special note about toddlers and preschoolers… Parents and caregivers should introduce their young ones to books and read to them every day. offers this and other tips: 

Read and reread your children’s favorite books every day. Hearing books with rhymes helps a child become aware of the sounds in our language, and that can help them with reading in the early grades. Remember how much you liked saying those lines from Green Eggs and Ham? “I do not like green eggs and ham. I do not like them, Sam I Am.” Young children also enjoy predictable books with memorable refrains — and you’ll have many to choose from at the library.

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