The Seattle Public Library has begun its 97th annual summer reading program with the theme "Astounding Tales of Nature!" running through September 4, which "encourages reading and activities around science, technology, engineering, arts and math."
Children and teens who sign up will receive a free book at branch libraries, the closest one being the Northeast Branch (6801 35th Avenue NE)
Participants also will receive stickers on their take-home activity logs for doing a variety of suggested activities such as learning a magic trick, searching the Library’s website for science experiment ideas, or creating a musical instrument out of everyday items.
The information says:
Seattle Public Libraries is offering hundreds of free programs.
Children and teens can learn to program robots, create video games, learn songwriting, take digital photos, make crafts with electronic circuits, design stop motion animation videos and more. Some classes require registration, which will open up online two weeks before the first class begins at each Library location.
Children who take part in Summer of Learning will receive a free Explorer's Handbook packed with fun nature-related activities. Participants who complete five activities in the handbook, read 30 or more days over the summer, or solve the Super Secret Mystery Challenge will have their names placed on the Wall of Astounding Explorers at their home library.
Teens who take part in Summer of Learning will receive a free Read to Win game board. Participants who complete a reading challenge will be entered in a prize drawing for a $10 Starbucks card; each teen can enter up to five times.
Families with young children ages 0-4 can pick up a fun flier filled with nature-related activities to do together with babies, toddlers and preschoolers. The Early Learner flier will be printed in English, and a printable versions are available online in Amharic, Chinese, English, Oromo, Somali, Spanish, Tigrinya and Vietnamese.
The Library offers summer programming because research shows that during the summer young people can forget a certain amount of what they learned during the school year. Educators call that the "summer slide." The Summer of Learning program mitigates the summer slide and teaches children and teens 21st century learning skills, such as teamwork, critical thinking and digital skills.
The Library has partnered with the Burke Museum to offer free family admission, for up to two adults and four children, when families bring an Explorer's Handbook or an Early Learner flier from July 1 to October 31, 2016.
Go here for more information, call 206-386-4636 or go to Ask a Librarian.