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 15 through September 1 and invites all children and teens—birth through high school—to read for fun over the summer. The theme in 2018 is “Reading Takes You Everywhere.”
Babies through rising third graders read 15 books (kids can have books read to them), rising fourth and fifth graders read 10 books and teens in rising grades 6–12 read five books.
Kids and teens track their reading online or with a reading log they pick up in any Fairfax County Public Library branch.
Finish reading the required number of books by September 1 and go to a library branch to pick up your coupon book which has a variety of free prizes and discounts.
The library offers lots of fun events all summer long including The Bubble Lady, Kuumba Kids, Rainbow Rock Band, The Wizard of Reading and much more. Special events for teens include Personalized Pottery, How to Draw Cartoons, Rock Art Collage, Robotics, and more. 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, a Teen Film Festival, and the Teen Cover Art Contest.
Ask for signed interpretation or assistive listening devices when you call (TTY users can call 711).
More event guidelines can be found here.
The Summer Reading Adventure is funded through generous donations including $50,000 from the Friends of the George Mason Regional Library, $17,000 from the Fairfax Library Foundation, and $7,500 from the Friends of the Kings Park Library.