The Wichita Public Library’s 2022 Summer Reading Program, “Oceans of Possibilities,” makes a splash May 31 through July 28 at all Wichita Public Library locations. Toddlers, kids and teens are invited to read books, participate in educational programs and activities, and win cool prizes all summer long!
Designed to combat the “summer slide,” where children and teens experience a learning loss over the summer break from school, the Summer Reading Program keeps young minds active through reading and educational activities.
“We’re excited to return to a more normal-paced Summer Reading Program this year,” said Director of Libraries Jaime Prothro. “The Summer Reading Program is a great way for both caregivers and kids to explore reading, learning and play at the public library.”
Toddlers aged 0-3 will participate in early literacy bingo, a new spin on the classic Baby Bookworms program. Kids 3-11 can participate in the Kids Read program and teens 12-18 can participate in the Teens Read program, both promoted to read 20 minutes each day. Prizes are awarded at 10-day increments.
Kids and teens enrolled in the program receive a Summer Reading Guide or summer reading log sheet to keep track of progress. Customers can also use the Beanstack app to digitally track progress.
The Library is planning a busy schedule of programming, available to view at wichitalibrary.org/summerreading. Programs include story times, STEAM activities, virtual reality exploration, DIY crafts and more. Returning this year are family-friendly concerts at Naftzger and Riverside Parks.
Visit your Wichita Public Library location beginning May 31 to register and begin your summer reading adventure!