Reading Programs

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Our Summer Reading Program "Oceans of Possibilities" ended on August 6. We’ll have two finale programs to wrap things up and pass out prizes: one for kids, and one for adults. Kids (ages 0-18) can come on Saturday, August 13 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Adults (ages 19 and up) will have theirs on Thursday, August 18 at 1 p.m.




All children up to 2nd Grade will earn a prize bag for reading 3 or more books, which you can pick up at our Kids’ Summer Reading Finale on August 13 (see above).

If you’re an older kids or teen, you’ll earn a raffle ticket for our showcase prizes with every 3 books that you read. You’ll have until August 6 to log in books, and then you can pick up your tickets at the front desk the next week to put them in the raffle. You’ll get a preview of many of the prizes throughout the summer, so you’ll have plenty of time to plan ahead. Then, you can come in during our open hours during the week of August 8-12 to get your tickets to enter our prize drawings. (This is also Pirate Week!) You might even have time to put your tickets in on August 13 before the finale starts at 11 a.m., but keep in mind that if everyone comes at the same time, there might be a long wait at the front desk. Also, you can only win one raffle prize per person, so make sure you only try for prizes that you really want.


Adults will win a raffle ticket for every 3 books that they read, which will give them a chance to win our grand prize. We have an additional bingo challenge that will let you earn two more small prizes and another ticket for the raffle.


Learning About the Oceans

Lots of our online databases have information and activities relating to the high seas. For instance, if you want to chart the journeys of some famous explorers, you can check out the Discovery Maps collection in AtoZ Maps Online. NewsBank gathered some articles and activities related to this year's theme, and you can click here to explore those.

If you're looking for books about the ocean, you can search our catalog here. Fictional books about the beach, pirates, and so on are organized by the author's last name, but if you want nonfiction books, there are a couple places you can start your quest for ocean-themed books. If you're in our library, go to the Dewey number 551 in our nonfiction sections for books about oceans and marine animals or 623 to learn about ships.