May 26, 2020

Mid-Continent Public Library is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of its annual Summer Library Program, which encourages children to remain intellectually engaged while they are out of the classroom. From May 26 through July 31, participating kids and teens can earn free books and win great prizes by reading, attending virtual Library programs, and taking part in educational activities at home. Adults can also get in on the fun by modeling good reading behaviors.

This year’s theme, “Imagine Your Story,” invites participants to use their imaginations to explore new places and stories, allowing them to discover new worlds and perhaps gain inspiration for the future!

“Everyone knows that reading is important for growth and development, but stories can also serve in an aspirational capacity, showing kids different kinds of people and places that perhaps they could one day be a part of,” said Haley Lefholz, Youth Services Librarian at MCPL. “Whether their dream is to become a superhero or a super doctor, reading allows children to utilize their imaginations and explore new ideas.”

As in previous years, Summer Library Program participants can also win special prizes from the Library’s community partners, including the Kansas City Royals, Kansas City Chiefs, the Kansas City Symphony, and Science City. Participants who earn 1,000 points will also have the choice of another free book or a free t-shirt from Big Frog Custom T-Shirts. Kids and teens can earn points by:

  1. READING! (Reading is required to complete the program.)
  2. Completing fun, age-appropriate, educational activities at home (A complete list of learning activities is available online.)
  3. Attending virtual programs on the Library’s MCPL360 Facebook page

While the Library’s branches remain closed to the public, participants are encouraged to use MCPL’s new curbside service to obtain physical reading materials, or to access digital materials through the Library’s website.

To find out more about Mid-Continent Public Library’s 2020 Summer Library Program, including instructions on how to enroll and participate, visit mymcpl.org/Dream.