Join Berks County Public Libraries this summer for “Summer Quest,” a brand new summer learning initiative that will have your kids reading, exploring, learning, and earning prizes along the way. With free summer learning activities, performers, books, and even prizes, the hottest place to be this summer is the library!
Begin your Quest this Summer at your local library!
Pick up a Summer Quest log from your local library and choose which activity or reading prompts to complete. Once you’re finished, hand it in to your librarian to earn prizes and a chance to win raffles, including passes for Weaver’s Orchard, tickets for a Miller Center for the Arts performance, and gift certificates to Golden Eagle Comics.
Summer Quest at your library also hosts tons of free learning programs and special activities. Check out our events calendar to see what programs are offered near you! Some highlights include:
- Dive into summer at Fleetwood Area Public Library’s annual summer kick-off at Fleetwood Pool.
- Enjoy a visit from Forgotten Friends Reptile Sanctuary at the UCC Church in Hamburg
- “Make Some Noise” at Schuylkill Valley Community Library’s elementary school programs that introduce various musical instruments to families.
- Let off some “STEAM” (science, technology, engineering, art and math) at the Reading Public Library and its branches with free performances by Science Tellers and the Franklin Institute Traveling Science Show.
Summer Quest isn't just for kids! Do you have a teen at home who needs a challenge? Summer Quest is for them, too. Check our calendars for amazing programs like the teen writing workshops with published authors at the Reading Public Library or the ukulele classes at the Boyertown Community Library.
Preventing the "Summer Slide"
The words “summer slide” may sound like a fun new playground ride, but it’s actually what teachers call the setbacks kids face when they are out of school over summer months. They’re not in class anymore, not engaged anymore, and kids start to forget what they’ve learned during the school year. Kids will generally lose 2 months of learning over the summer!
However, with the help of libraries and Summer Quest, kids who read, are read to, or participate in learning activities will not only retain what they’ve learned, but improve on it. Summer Quest will give your kids a head start when school resumes in the fall!