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2022 Summer Reading

READING CHALLENGES, PRIZES & FUN EVENTS

Join MCPL for all kinds of adventures this summer!

May 19 - August 12

 

WEEKLY EVENTS

run through the month of June

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Storytime

TUESDAYS @ 10:00AM

Explore the ocean right here in Kansas! Stories and fun geared to pre-K but all ages welcome. 

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Picnic in the Park

WEDNESDAYS @ 11:30AM

Bring your lunch and join us in the library park for exciting theme-related special programs.

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Explore + Craft

THURSDAYS @ 1:30PM

Explore ocean elements and your imagination! Spots are limited, registration required.

STORYTIME

Tuesdays @ 10:00AM

Geared to pre-K, all ages welcome. Ocean themed stories and sometimes songs/snacks/activities, too! 

 
PICNIC IN THE PARK

Wednesdays @ 11:30AM

All ages welcome. Bring a picnic lunch, something comfy to sit on, and enjoy a special aquatic-themed outdoor program!

Note: Wednesday, June 1st Kick-off Event begins at 12:30PM

 
EXPLORE + CRAFT

Thursdays @ 1:30PM

Explore and learn all about elements of the oceans with Sheri, our Children's Librarian. Then, get to make cool things with a corresponding craft! Designed for kids who have just completed 2nd Grade and up.

UPDATE: there have been plenty of spots left, so NO registration necessary! Just come on over to the library with your kiddos for some cool crafting!

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

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SUMMER READING KICK-OFF

Wednesday, June 1 @ 12:30PM

Special kick-off program in the park featuring author, educator, and entertainer, Aaron Fowler. Aaron will be bringing and his dogs, Bella and Choco, and putting on a special program for Summer Reading. Check out Aaron's books and more about him before the event!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mary Cotton Public Library.

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BOOK vs. MOVIE

July 2022 - official times TBA

A special challenge for upper elementary through middle school readers. Read a book from the list and you’ve got your ticket to the corresponding movie party at the library! Movie nights will be held in the month of July, details below:

BOOKS:

  • Because of Winn Dixie | Movie: Friday, July 8 @ 1:00PM

  • The BFG | Movie: Friday, July 15 @ 1:00PM

  • Stone Fox | Movie: Friday, July 22 @ 1:00PM

  • The Black Stallion | Movie: Friday, July 29 @ 1:00PM

Printable Summer Event Schedule

Want to view the detailed event schedule or print a copy for your fridge? Just click the PDF icon here to view or print!

Google Calendar
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If you use Google, you can go to our Events Calendar, find the ones you want to attend, click "copy to my Google calendar" in the event details, and all your Summer Reading events will be added right to your own calendar!

Sign up today!

 

READING GOALS

May 19 - August 12

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GROUP A

0 - 2nd Grade

Goal 1: 25 books

Goal 2: +10 books

Goal 3: +10 books

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GROUP B

3rd - 5th Grade

Goal 1: 15 books

Goal 2: +5 books

Goal 3: +5 books

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GROUP C

6th - 12th Grade

Goal 1: 5 books

Goal 2: +2 books

Goal 3: +3 books

ABOUT READING GOALS

Read, record your books, reach a goal, claim your prize!

 

There are three different goal levels for each age group, helping to keep kids reading all summer long. Goal 1 for each group is the standard amount for that age group. Anything beyond that is icing on the cake. Hit the first level goal? Keep reading (x) more to earn another prize!

 

Each level completed earns you a prize or drawing entry. You can also be entered (up to four times) to win a Kindle - once upon registration and then one for each level you complete! 

Write them down! You'll get a themed reading log when you pick up your welcome packet at the library. These aren't required, though, so feel free to bring in any list to the library and the staff will count them up!

How to log books

Write them down! Our paper, age-group-specific reading logs are great because they help visualize progress towards each goal. Be sure to get one when you register in-person or you can always print one from here. These aren't required, though, so feel free to bring in any list to the library and the staff will count them up!

Bring that reading log or list in to the library and show a staff member you've reached your goal! They'll double check the total books and mark that level is completed on that child's registration sheet (we keep them all in a big binder). Then, choose a corresponding prize from the cabinet. Hooray!

How to earn a prize

 

REGISTRATION

Opens Thursday, May 19, 2022

There's (2) ways to register:

ONLINE

 Come by the library for your welcome packet when convenient.

IN PERSON

You'll be all set with your welcome packet and reading log!

(PS. If it's still summer, it's not too late to register.)

Be sure to follow us @MaryCottonPublicLibrary
for all things Summer Reading!