Library Summer Fun encourages all to ‘Read for the Stars’

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Summer is a time for being outdoors, but there will still be plenty of days spent at the local library. And what’s better than a good book in the sun?

The library has plenty going on this summer when kids are out of school.

Teton County Library’s summer reading program begins Saturday, June 8, with a children’s book fair at which one free book goes to each child who signs up for summer reading by Sunday, June 16. Then join in on the fun at the Library Summer Fun kickoff party, Saturday, June 15, with a family concert by The Pop Ups and other fun activities.

“Like many libraries across the country, we’re paying homage to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission with our space theme, “Read for the Stars,” says library Youth Services Manager Mary Flamino. “The youth services staff created fun reading challenges and prizes centered around the theme, and we lined up multiple programs with Wyoming Stargazing.

Wyoming Stargazing is a frequent visitor to the library bringing programs that are out of this world! (Courtesy Wyoming Stargazing)

How it works

Earn instant prizes or raffle tickets by logging your reading minutes, either online or via a paper Reading Tracker, and completing challenges. Grand prizes for the raffle will include LEGO sets, Teton County Fair Mega Passes, an American Girl doll, space-themed apparel, art supply kits, and more.

Sign up kids birth to pre-K, in person at the Youth Services Desk. Pick up a coloring sheet Reading Tracker for this age group to track every 20 minutes of reading or being read to by a caregiver.

Kids entering Grades K to 5 sign up online at tclib.org/kidsread. Kids entering Grades 6 to 8 sign up online at tclib.org/teens.

  • Kids who sign up from June 8 to June 16 get a free book at the Library Summer Fun Book Fair in the Youth Auditorium.
  • Track reading minutes and complete challenges online.
  • Don’t want to track online? No problem! Pick up a Reading Tracker at the Youth Desk.
  • Read for 60 minutes, log minutes and then choose a raffle ticket or instant prize.
  • Complete a challenge and choose a raffle ticket or instant prize. Reading for a challenge also counts as reading minutes!
  • New challenges are released every Thursday, so logging in often brings more chances to earn instant prizes and raffle tickets!

Kickoff party events on Saturday, June 15

  • 10:00am–2:00pm – Book Fair, glitter tattoos, big games, Youth Wing
  • 10:30am –  Get free, required tickets for concert by The Pop Ups, Lobby
  • 11am – The Pop Ups family concert, Ordway Auditorium
The Pop Ups will perform for the Summer Fun kickoff party June 15. (Courtesy)

All elementary school-aged kids are invited to fun events, including a concert with Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band on June 22, Wednesday movie afternoons and Thursday activities. Pick up a calendar at the library or see events at tclib.org/kids.

Events for teens feature two leather craft sessions with the Art Association and a July ice cream party, as well as the annual Young Authors Writing Camp with Jackson Hole Writers.

Summer Reading sign-up for teens through age 100+

For adults and high school students, every 60 minutes of reading earns an entry into a weekly drawing for local gift certificates and completing challenges earns bagel bucks. New this year, separate challenges and prizes geared to high school-aged teens, who sign up at tclib.org/highschoolreads. Adult beyond high school age sign up at tclib.org/adultsread.

Again this year, every hour this group reads goes toward giving books to children! The library’s goal is a collective 3,000 hours of reading to earn 100 books for kids.

Adult events include a Page to the Podium presentation by author Susan Orlean on Tuesday, August 6, and two Cabin Fever Story Slams at Mike Yokel Park. See events at tclib.org/adults.

Alta Branch Library Summer Fun Saturdays

The Alta Branch offers a book fair as well on Saturday, June 8, during which any child who has signed up for summer reading may choose a free book. Every Saturday, from June 22 – July 13, Alta offers a space-centric program like “What’s Up with the Sun,” and “Astronaut for the Day.” Find the complete list at tclib.org/alta.

Sponsors

Summer Reading is made possible through the generous support of the Carolyn and Chuck Miller Charitable Fund and your donations large and small to the Teton County Library Foundation and Friends.

You can find Teton County Library at tclib.org, call us at 307-733-2164 or visit us at 125 Virginian Lane, Jackson, Wyo. and at 50 Alta School Road, Alta, Wyo.

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