JMRL will begin its annual Summer Reading Challenge on June 1. Readers of all ages are encouraged to participate.
Simply pick up a challenge sheet at any branch or download one from jmrl.org/summer. Complete five library-related challenges to earn a prize each month. Turn in your sheet at any branch to claim a prize, and earn additional prizes with two more challenge sheets for July and August. Receive an entry into the grand prize drawing at the end of the summer for every five challenges you complete. With up to a total of 25 challenges on each of the three sheets, you can earn up to 15 grand prize entries.
Grand prizes will be drawn from entries for all participants after August 31. Children will receive Barnes & Noble gift cards, teens will receive Amazon gift cards, and an Amazon Kindle will be given away as the grand prize for adults.
Join your local JMRL branch for a fun party to kick off the summer:
Summer Reading Kickoff Hullabaloo
Saturday, June 10 at 10am-12pm
Celebrate the sweet start of summer at Central Library’s annual street party. Swing to the sounds of the Rivanna Winds, snack on donuts, enjoy face painting, and pick up a JMRL summer challenge sheet. Check out the Friends’ mini-book sale and visit with the riders of Books on Bikes, too. For all ages.
Summer Kickoff Celebration
Monday, June 12 at 5:30-7pm
Cruise on over to the library to gather your first round of summer reading, then step outside to enjoy some sweet summer treats and sun-filled fun. Pick up your first JMRL Summer Reading Challenge sheet, and let the summer begin. For all ages. Rain cancels.
GORDON AVENUE LIBRARY
Ice Cream Social
Monday, June 12 at 6:30-8pm
I scream, you scream… let’s share some ice cream. It’s time for Gordon Avenue Library’s traditional kickoff for summer fun. Get started in the Summer Reading Program, eat ice cream, listen to music provided by the Jim Howe Jazz Trio, and get decorated by Expressions! Face Painting.
GREENE COUNTY LIBRARY
Summer Reading Kickoff Party
Monday, June 5 at 6-8pm
Get ready for summer reading and join the Greene County Library for all kinds of fun including Lego Man, moon bounce, buttered popcorn, ice cream, face painting, tattoos, farm animal petting zoo, reptile and amphibian zoo, and more.
LOUISA COUNTY LIBRARY
Summer Reading Kickoff
Tuesday, June 6 at 2-4pm
Read by design. Come and join the builders at the library. Fun with LEGOs, planks and more. All ages welcome. Enjoy some refreshments.
NELSON MEMORIAL LIBRARY
Rockets By Design
Monday, June 5 at 4:30-6pm
Create your own rocket and blast it into space at our Summer Reading Kickoff. While you are here get a treat, find out all about summer programs and all that the library has to offer during your summer vacation so that you can become a reader by design. For all ages.
School’s Out Block Party
Tuesday, June 13 at 5:30-7:30pm
Enjoy live rock and blues music by the Freight Paid Band, a free Kona Ice sno-cone, face painting, magic tricks and receive your first summer reading challenge sheet. For all ages.