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Summer Reading for Youth and Adults

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Imagine Your Story!

Kids Read for Fun During the Library’s Summer Reading Adventure

Sign up begins June 12!

Studies have found that reading for pleasure is beneficial for kids in many ways including keeping up their reading skills over the summer and helping them succeed in school.

Fairfax County Public Library helps make reading fun by providing tools, access and incentives during its Summer Reading Adventure. The Summer Reading Adventure runs June 12 through August 14 and invites all children and teens—birth through high school—to read for fun over the summer. The theme in 2020 is “Imagine Your Story!” This summer the program will be virtual.


The Basics of the Library’s Summer Reading Adventure

On June 12, sign up online and download a preschool (Birth-5), school-aged (Grades K-5) or teen (Grades 6-12) summer reading gameboard. You may also find these challenges on our summer reading website. 

The gameboard is divided into three prize milestones. Play the game by completing the challenges and when you reach each prize milestone, you will submit a form to be entered into a random drawing for one of two Amazon e-gift cards. (You may only submit one form for each prize milestone.)

Don’t want to complete some (or any) of the gameboard challenges? In lieu of completing a challenge, read or listen to a book of your choice.

  • Kids and teens can read any books they choose. They can even read free eBooks or listen to eAudio books or books on CD, which are all available through the library or they can complete a challenge.
  • Find your next book to read using the suggested author tab! These links take you directly to the catalog.

The amounts of the Amazon e-gift cards for each prize milestone:

  • Prize Milestone 1: $50 
  • Prize Milestone 2: $100
  • Prize Milestone 3: $150 

Two winners will be chosen for each gameboard and will be notified by August 31. The drawings close on August 14.


The Summer Reading Adventure also includes Special Events and Contests

The library offers online events and programs throughout the summer including Kofi Dennis, the Jay Mattioli Magic Show and Sciencetellers. There are also several contests for teens, including an essay/poetry contest for rising 7th, 8th and 9th graders cosponsored with the For Love of Country Foundation, Teen Film Festival and the Teen Cover Art Contest.

All events and activities are free. 


Summer Reading is Cosponsored by Generous Donors

The Summer Reading Adventure is funded through generous donations from the Friends of the George Mason Regional Library.

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