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Summer Reading Challenge! Starts June 15

MCPL’s Summer Reading Challenge! offers kids and teens a chance to fill their summer with great books and fun activities. This year, participants will help save the Chesapeake Bay. By completing missions, participants can help MCPL and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation preserve the Chesapeake Bay watershed, clean up the Chesapeake Bay, and provide healthy habitats for Chesapeake Bay animals.

Join in by reading books, completing creative learning activities, and attending library programs all summer long. You'll earn free books, badges, and Nationals tickets, plus entries for exciting raffles!

Participating is easy:

Sign Up and Log Activity Play MCPL's Virtual Escape Room Survey Survey (Spanish)

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Early Literacy (0-5)

Complete the recommended activities and/or read books. Each completed activity or book earns you 1 point. Earn online badges and prizes for completing 12 activities/books.

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Children (6-12)

Complete the recommended activities and/or read books. Each completed activity or book earns you 1 point. Earn online badges and prizes for completing 12 activities/books.

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Teens (13-17)

Read books, attend virtual library programs, and write book reviews to earn points and be entered into MCPL-wide raffles! Check out the prizes (PDF).

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Gameboards & More

Print an Early Literacy or Elementary School Age game board at home. Also, remember to try out our virtual escape room!

Early Literacy Game Boards

 

Children's Game Boards

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Summer Reading Booklists

Enjoy these reading lists by grade selected by MCPL librarians for kids of all ages.

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Flat Shark Finley

Take Flat Shark Finley along on all your summer adventures!

Take Finley to the pool, on vacation, and everywhere you go.

Take photos of yourself and Finley having fun together.

Make sure to tag #FlatFinley on social media if you post pictures of Finley's summer fun!

Summer Reading library partners

MCPL's Summer Reading Challenge! Partners

MCPL and the Washington Nationals are teaming up to encourage reading! The Nationals will give all MCPL Summer Reading Challenge! participants who complete Mission 2 a voucher to attend a regular season game for free.

MCPL and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation are greening up Summer Reading by keeping plastic out of the waste stream. As children read and complete missions, MCPL will donate funds to plant trees, restore oyster beds, and improve animal habitats throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed.