Explore New Shores with Darien Library’s Summer Reading Program

Get ready to venture out onto the open sea and explore new shores! Darien Library invites readers of all ages to participate in this year’s summer reading challenges: “Expedition Blue Wave” for children, the Teen Summer Challenge for tweens and teens, and “Make a Splash” for adults.

Readers have from June 20 to August 14 to read books and enter for the chance to win prizes. Participants can pick up paper logs from the Library or join online at https://darienlibrary.beanstack.org/ In order to be eligible for prizes for the Pre-Reader and Kids programs, participants must log their challenges on Beanstack.

The Children’s Library offers two summer reading options: one for children from birth to kindergarten and another for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Everyone who registers will receive a free book that they can pick up at the Children’s Library! Challenge maps and recommendations from Youth Services librarians can be found online at www.darienlibrary.org/sr-kids.

Pre-readers are tasked with focusing on early literacy skills such as reading, writing, singing, playing, and talking to build a foundation for reading. One ticket will be awarded for each challenge they complete, which can be entered into one of the Children’s Library prize basket drawings. Pre-readers who complete all 15 challenges will be entered into a grand prize drawing for one of three spectacular experiences.

Readers in kindergarten to sixth grade will have 16 challenges to complete on their road trip. For each challenge they complete, they will receive one ticket to enter one of the prize basket drawings. Readers who complete all 16 challenges will be entered once into the grand prize raffle, where they will get to choose a specialty experience prize.

Teen readers aged 12 to 18 can join the Teen Summer Challenge. Complete any 15 of the 20 reading challenges to win a gift card and Darien Library swag. Readers who complete all of the challenges will win a mystery prize! The Middlesex Middle School Reading Ambassadors have selected 21 books to help teen readers complete their challenge, which can be found on www.darienlibrary.org/sr-teens.

Adults can Make a Splash in this year’s reading program, designed to accompany readers on their beachside adventures. Participants can play online or pick up a game card in-person at the Welcome Desk. Once registered, complete any four challenges for an opportunity to win one of three grand prizes. In addition to the grand prizes, participants will be entered into weekly giveaways of the hottest books of the summer. Each completed game card and online ticket badge is a submission to the grand prize raffle. Game cards, reading inspiration, and prize information can be found on www.darienlibrary.org/sr-adults.

For more information on the summer reading challenges, participants can visit www.darienlibrary.org/summerreading.



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