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Summer Reading at KDL

Be Strong Summer Reading at KDL 2016

Be Strong this summer as you read, learn and engage in new experiences at KDL! Summer reading starts June 6 this year and runs through Aug. 13. 

Sign up online at READsquared starting May 23 or pick up your paper registration form at your nearest branch. When you register online, you're able to sign up either for an individual, family or group account. Group accounts are for daycare providers, teachers or camp counselors in charge of a group going through the summer reading program together. When the group completes the reading log, everyone in the group gets a prize.

Log your summer reading activity online at READsquared or with a printed log, available below, and earn prizes!

Reading Logs

Youth (birth through age 10)

The goal for kids is 15 minutes of reading or a reading-related activity for 30 days. Turn in your log between Tuesday, July 5, and Saturday, Aug. 13.

Log your reading online or in print:

Teen (ages 11-17)

The goal for teens is to read five books (eBooks, magazines, and/or audiobooks). Anything read or listened to after June 6 counts, no matter when you sign up. You get a prize and are entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card when you read your first five books. You're entered a second time into the drawing if you read five more books! Log your reading online or in print:

Adult (age 18 and older)

The goal for adults is to complete a combination of six activities from any of the following learning tracks: 

  • Avid Readers & Writers
    • Ask the librarian for a book recommendation.
    • Read a book from a genre you don't usually read.
    • Read a favorite children's books to a child.
    • Read at the beach.
    • Send a handwritten letter or card to a friend.
    • Take a journal to a busy location and write about things or people around you.
    • Write in your journal or blog.
  • Gardening
    • Learn about xeriscaping or planting with native plants.
    • Locate a community garden and look at the plants.
    • Participate in an educational opportunity offered through the Michigan State University Extension program in Kent County.
    • Participate in the KDL Seed Library Program.
    • Take a neighborhood walk and enjoy each home's landscaping.
    • Visit Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.
  • Health & Wellness
    • Check out a fitness DVD from the HEALTH EXERCISE section of your local branch.
    • Check out an audiobook or music CD and listen to it while taking a leisurely walk.
    • Fly a kite.
    • Go for a bike ride. Check out a KDL Cruiser if you don't have one.
    • Make a healthy dinner.
    • Play in the sprinkler.
    • Visit a farmer's market. Buy and prepare something completely new to you.
  • Home Improvement/DIY
    • Finish a project around the house that you have been putting off doing.
    • Record your oral history or create and edit a family movie using the StudioKDL equipment at the Cascade or EGR branches.
  • Outdoor Lifestyle
    • Attend a free outdoor concert.
    • Clean up litter.
    • Go on a picnic.
    • Identify a bird.
    • Identify a constellation.
    • Visit a local, state, or national park.

Each activity is worth 100 points; earn 600 points total to get a prize!

As a bonus, if you go to any summer adult program, you're entered into a drawing for one of 10 prize baskets (two for each learning track). At the end of each adult program you'll get a secret code you can enter into your READsquared account. At the end of season, we'll do a drawing for each prize basket. Only active online participants are eligible for the prize basket drawings. 

Log your reading online or in print:

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