Keep Your Kids Reading With Free Library of Philadelphia’s Summer Program
Online and in person, stop the summer slide with the Free Library of Philadelphia's "Summer of Wonder."
Summer of Wonder, the Free Library of Philadelphia’s summer program featuring games, activities, crafts, and reading, is back this year with new themes to get kids excited about books even when school is out.
On June 12, Summer of Wonder begins at neighborhood Free Library locations, where kids can pick up “passports” with different four themes: “Explore Your World!,” “Healthy You!,” “Just Read It!,” and “Sleuth the Truth!”
Each passport has eight activities for kids to complete at home or in the library. Kids can win prizes, like books, lanyards, and Phillies tickets, for participating. You can also sign up for the online version, which offers badges and contest entries for logging reading hours. Kids can get book recommendations, too.
Wonder kits, or bags of activities and materials, will also be available at the libraries to match the themes of the passports. The “Sleuth the Truth!” wonder kit includes magnifying glasses and code wheels so kids and their families can participate in “We the Detectives,” the Free Library’s current exhibition about the mystery genre. (Click here for our story about the exhibit.)
Kids entering kindergarten through eighth grade can participate in the Phillies’ “Phanatic about Reading” program, which gives librarians the chance to reward readers by nominating them to win Phillies tickets, which include a meet-and-greet with the Phillie Phanatic at Citizens Bank Park.
Anyone can participate in the library’s summer activities online with the library’s summer reading website. The website features book recommendations, activities for home and around the city, and weekly raffles.
Neighborhood branches of the Free Library will host other events throughout the summer, like Board Game Mondays, Science Tuesdays, and Go Wild @ Your Library, a “safari party” where kids can touch live animals. A full calendar of events is available on the Free Library’s website. Summer of Wonder will last through August 4.
Photograph by Gwyneth K. Shaw.