Mid-Continent Public Library's annual Summer Reading Program is from Monday, May 20 through July 31. The program encourages children to remain intellectually engaged while out of the classroom.
Participating youths can earn free books and win prizes by reading, attending library programs and taking part in educational activities at home. Prizes include tickets and special experiences from the library's community partners such as the Kansas City Royals and Chiefs, Worlds and Oceans of Fun, LEGO Land Discovery Center and Union Station.
"Summer Learning Program at its core is about making sure that kids go back to school in the fall ready to learn and preventing that summer slide, which can have serious long-term effects on learning," Assistant Manager of MCPL's youth services department Haley Lefholz said. "In addition to the educational benefits, this program is also a lot of fun and offers opportunities for the whole family to get involved."
Adults can join the fun by modeling good reading behaviors at home. Additionally, participants age 19 or older can earn a Summer Learning Program T-shirt or tote bag by logging 1,000 minutes of reading.
Adults also have the chance to win prizes such as tickets to Library Night at The K on Tuesday, July 30, tickets to a Kansas City Chiefs game or concert tickets courtesy of radio stations Mix 93.3 and KC102.1.
The program kicks off with Blast-Off event at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at Union Station of Kansas City. Families can meet MCPL's mascot Marty the Martian and the Chiefs' KC Wolf. The event will feature a screening of "National Parks Adventure 3D" on the Extreme Screen.
Registration for this event is required and can be done by visiting mymcpl.org/UnionStation.