Kids keep reading skills sharp and stay cool with THE BEST SUMMER at the library

While we may be feeling the heat outside, local families have learned the best way to stay COOL this summer—summer reading fun at the library!

Jacksonville Zoo visits the Library
Kids were amazed when the Jacksonville Zoo came to visit the library!

The St. Johns County Public Library System’s summer reading program, The Best Summer, took off with capacity crowds and over 1,100 new cardholders in June alone. Families stopped by the library to fill book bags with beach reads, cool off for a moment with friends and neighbors, or pick up SSYRA books for crucial summer reading projects. With art classes, tabletop gaming, science labs, space camp, animal encounters and storytimes, there’s never a chance for kids to utter the dreaded “I’m bored” at the library. What a fun way to beat the heat!

Adult readers are also turning out in impressive numbers this year. SJCPLS librarians report that over 2,000 The Best Summer Adult Summer Reading entries have been turned in so far. “With more eBooks and online entry forms for teens and adults, we’ve worked hard to make The Best Summer enticing for the whole family. Several parents have remarked that this was the first year they gave it a try because entering was so easy and fun from anywhere,” said Virtual Services Librarian Lisa Calvert.

To learn more about all of the summer programs, activities and resources at your library, visit the library’s website