All ages are welcome to join us for Summer Reading activities this year! Summer Reading starts June 21st. There are Oceans of Possibilities to explore, discover, dive into, and enjoy!
Dates to remember:
June 21st – Summer Reading begins
July 20th – Halfway prizes available
August 1st – Prize Books available
September 7th – Grand Prize drawing
How to participate
Log your reading throughout the summer. When you are halfway through, visit us to claim your halfway prize starting July 20th. When you reach your reading goal, visit us for your free prize book and enter to win our grand prize drawing sponsored by Island Optometry Clinic. Prize books are available through the month of August. Play the bonus bingo sheet for more chances to win.
This year we are using Beanstack, a fun and easy way to track your reading progress online. Everyone who participates will earn badges and be entered to win some great reading-themed prizes! We’ll also have paper reading logs for those who don’t want to participate online.
(The following Special Events are all at the Heart of Anacortes, 1014 4th St., unless otherwise noted)
Summer Reading Kickoff - Saturday, June 25th @ 10:00 am at Washington Park - Come explore the beach at Washington Park with our friends from the Salish Sea School! Learn about our ocean and how we can help take care of the creatures in it.
Magician Elliott Hunter -Tuesday, July 5th @ 1:00 pm
Author Nikki McClure - Tuesday, July 12th @ 1:00 pm
Musician Ray Soriano - Tuesday, July 19th @ 1:00 pm
Bubble & Dancewith John Van Deusen - Tuesday, July 26th @ 1:00 pm
If the weather doesn't cooperate these events will be held at the Depot, 611 R Ave.
Weekly Bonus Programs
Mondays – Legos @ 2-4pm
Tuesdays – Special Guests (see above)
Thursdays – STEAM Events @ 1pm in the Meeting Room
Fridays – Storytimes at Causland Park @ 10am
(Teen events are open to all 6th-12th year teens. Dates and times for some events are TBD).
Teens get a free swag bag of summer reading goodies for signing up this year! Explore oceans of possibilities with crafts, info on local volunteering & classes, snacks, and more. Join us for weekly programs exploring our local waterfront both in and outside the library this July. Sign up for our teen newsletter to find out what’s happening first.
Teen Summer Kick-Off
Wednesday, June 29th 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Causland Park (Library if weather is uncooperative).
Join us for improv and lawn games, snacks, and fun in the park with the library. Find out about all the programs and events and sign up for summer reading activities and other reading projects. Get your swag bag and more! If weather is soggy, we’ll meet at the library. Sign up online to reserve your summer reading swag bag.
Beach Cleanup with the Salish Sea School
July 5th 4:00-5:00 pm @ Seafarer's Memorial Park
Join us along with the Salish Sea School and the Anacortes High School Green Club to clean up the beach after holiday celebrations. Trash often gets left behind after the holiday and we can help clean it up to keep our ocean clean.
Salish Sea Orca Workshop
July 6th4:00-5:30 pm @ Anacortes Public Library
Learn about Orcas in our local oceans and eat some snacks, learn about more library programs, and find out more about how you can take care of our sea creatures.
Craft & Chill July 13th4:00-5:30 pm @Anacortes Public Library Join us for pizza, snacks, and creativity with supplies found and sourced to create a beach themed art piece. Make a mermaid crown, paint a seashell and more.
Explore the W.T. Preston July 20th4:00-5:30pm @ Maritime Heritage Center, 703 R Ave Meet us at the W.T. Preston for an adventure on the boat including snacks, an audio tour with the museum staff and more.
Beach Party: Summer Wrap-Up July 27th4:00-5:30 pm @ Washington Park Meet at Washington Park for a scavenger hunt at the beach and s’mores to celebrate the end of summer reading. We’ll have prizes and snacks as well.