Washington County Library summer reading program begins June 6

Washington County Library kicks off “Bookawocky,” its summer reading program for children, teens, and adults, on Saturday, June 6. The program runs through Saturday, August 8.

Bookawocky encourages people of all ages to read and enjoy the library. Children birth to sixth grade participate by completing literacy activities to earn rewards. They can also write or draw book reviews to enter drawings for tickets to the Minnesota State Fair and the Minnesota Twins’ “Reading All Stars” game.

Teens and adults also earn rewards by completing reading-related activities. Teens can enter to win tickets to the Minnesota State Fair and adults who participate in Bookawocky can receive a book sale item.

In addition to reading, Washington County libraries are encouraging all ages to celebrate Bookawocky throughout the summer by attending library programs. The fun begins with kick-off events at each branch on Saturday, June 6.

“We have a variety of programs planned that will give kids of all ages the opportunity to learn, explore, create, and connect with one another over books and reading,” said Youth Services Coordinator Dawn LaBrosse. “We want kids to read over the summer, but we also know that literacy is about so much more than just reading. It’s about keeping their minds active over the summer (by both reading and participating in literacy activities) so that they are ready to start school again in the fall without any setbacks in learning.”

Programs include visits by magicians, musicians, jugglers, scientists, comedians, and live animals and insects. The library is also hosting special storytimes; book clubs for all ages; all-day events; interactive programs based on popular books and games; and art and theater classes.

 “At its core, the annual Bookawocky program is a community celebration of reading and learning.  We have something for everyone: from babies bouncing along at our baby storytimes, preschoolers digging for dinosaurs fossils, school-age kids creating art projects, teens tinkering with ‘makey makeys,’ and adults engaging in book club conversations,” said LaBrosse. “It really is a community commitment to literacy and lifelong learning.”

All programs are free and open to the public. Bookawocky is brought to you by Washington County Library and Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA). 

For additional information, including a complete schedule of summer events, visit a Washington County library or see www.co.washington.mn.us/library. For more details, contact the library online or call 651-731-1320.


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