Kalamazoo Public Library Kicks Off Summer with a Party

May 27, 2016 10:55:27 AM


Kalamazoo, MI –

Finally! The weather has turned around and summer is in sight. Kalamazoo Public Library is excited to kick off the summer fun with a party!

On Wednesday, June 1, at 10 am, KPL will celebrate its 19th Annual Party in the Park in Bronson Park!  Since 1998, Ready to Read has celebrated national Stand for Children Day with a special story hour to focus community attention on the importance of sharing books with young children.

Kalamazoo County preschoolers, their parents, teachers and childcare providers are invited to Bronson Park to hear stories read by community leaders and costumed storybook characters. Each child receives healthy snacks, juice and a gift book courtesy of Kalamazoo Public Library.

Party in the Park is cosponsored by Kalamazoo Public Library, Child Care Resources, Kalamazoo RESA and Meijer

June 1 is also the official kick-off for the Summer Reading Challenge! All Kalamazoo Public Library locations are being invaded by robots, and they want to take over and Activate Summer!  Are you up to the Challenge?

Read or listen to books for at least 20 minutes per day.  Simply record each day that you read for 20 minutes or more on your challenge card or log your reading online.

When you have completed 15 days (they do not need to be consecutive days), bring your challenge card to the library for a reward! (or let the library staff know you earned a reward online.)

For the first time EVER, Summer Reading Challengers can now play online! You can log your daily reading, view book lists, get book recommendations and earn badges for completing learning activities.

Earn incentives by logging reading, attending events, and completing activities this summer.  There are 5 learning tracks in which you can earn a digital badge and/or a sticker for your challenge card: Lead, Create, Read, Explore, Move. Earn all 5 badges and get a special prize!

Reading Challengers are welcome to play either online, or use the paper challenge board. The rules and prizes are the same. For those playing online, badges earned for the five learning tracks are digital. For those using the paper challenge board, badges are stickers that can be affixed to the appropriate robot: Lead, Create, Read, Explore, and Move. Once completed, save your challenge board to show your friends and family!

There are 92 possible reading days from Wednesday, June 1 through the Challenge’s end on Wednesday, August 31. You may complete four, 15-day reading segments within those 92 days, so you can earn up to four rewards! For more information about Summer Reading Challenge including how to claim your reward, prizes and deadlines, please visit www.kpl.gov/summer. Happy reading!

The Summer Reading Challenge is sponsored by Friends of the Kalamazoo Public Library.

If you are planning on being in downtown Kalamazoo for June Jubilee on June 4, be sure to stop by Central Library and enjoy all the fun activities planned for our kick-off party, as well as get great deals at The Friends Annual June Jubilee Bag-of-Books Sale! The Bag-of-Books Sale starts at 9 am in Central Library’s parking lot on Rose and Lovell. The Summer Reading Challenge kick-off party starts at 12 pm and will be under Central Library’s portico on South and Rose.

Enjoy your summer, and read on!




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