Youth Summer Reading Program 2021

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Welcome to the Brevard County Libraries Summer Reading Program!  Our 17 locations offer a wide variety of activities for children and teens all summer long.  Our Youth Services librarians have prepared some exciting activities that your family can try at home including take home story times, STEAM and craft projects, and virtual volunteering for teens.  New videos featuring special guests, story book readings, and project instructions will appear on the Brevard County Libraries' YouTube channel every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday this summer.

Why Summer Reading?

Studies indicate that youth can lose approximately 20 % of their reading skills and 27% of their math skills gained in the previous school year during summer break.  Summer reading and learning programs at your libraries helps to prevent this skill loss.  Allowing children to freely choose their reading material, visiting the library, and making time for creative play can help children retain their skills and better prepare them for the next school year.

Reading Challenges and Book Recommendations

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Summer Challenge Badges

Our librarians have developed take home challenges for you to explore different Tails and Tales inspired themes this summer! Challenges focus on animal facts, conservation, STEAM, arts, and literacy. Try these challenges at home today!

Sunshine State Reading Books for Summer 2021

The Sunshine State Young Readers Award (SSYRA) Program is a statewide reading motivational program for students in grades 3 through 8. It encourages students to read independently for pleasure and is meant to help to improve their reading fluency. Sunshine State books are selected annually for their wide appeal, literary value, varied genres, curriculum connections, and/or multicultural representation.

Florida Teens Reads is designed to entice teens in grades 9 through 12 to read. In order to spark their interest and to provide a spur to critical thinking, the book selections engage high school students by reflecting their interests as well as representing a variety of genres, formats, reading levels, viewpoints, and ethnic and cultural perspectives.

Florida Teens Read books for Grades 9 through 12

Reading Lists

Our librarians have curated special reading lists for you to explore Tails and Tales at your libraries! Check out our lists below:

Find Your Next Book

You can find books at your local library using our Discover Catalog and Discover Kids Catalog, or explore the Overdrive Kids Room and the Overdrive Teens Room to find your next book in e-book or e-audiobook form!

At-Home Activities

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Story Time

These Story Time packs include book recommendations, finger plays and / or rhymes, and other extension activities.

Crafts

These Craft packs are full of different printable instructions and templates for crafts connected to the weekly habitat themes for the 2021 Summer Reading Program.

STEAM

Exciting STEAM projects connected to the weekly habitat themes for the 2021 Summer Reading Program.

Teens

This summer we have a lot of options for our teens! Try these take home activities including crafts, BINGO challenges, and virtual volunteering.

Teen Crafts

Virtual Volunteer Activities

Looking for volunteer hours? Did you know you can volunteer virtually? Check out all of these amazing opportunities to volunteer from your own home, or anywhere else!

Available at select branches.

Library BINGO

In a reading slump? Looking for reasons to pick a book by its cover? With Library BINGO you can broaden your book horizon! No matter what, Library BINGO will have you reaching for, and loving, books you haven’t considered before.

Self-Directed Activities

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Take a stroll with our StoryWalks!  Throughout the summer, several library locations will have StoryWalks posted outside of their facilities.  These are self-directed reading adventures.  Pages from the stories will be posted on yard signs.  In order to read the story, you must complete the walk!  Each story is an animal themed story in celebration of Tails and Tales summer reading! Check out our event calendar for more details.

The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.  Storywalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.