The kickoff event provided Brooklyn families an opportunity to sign up for BPL’s Summer Reading program to participate in activities and challenges all summer long.

Photo courtesy Brooklyn Public Library

On Saturday, Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) kicked off its 2018 Summer Reading program, hosting over 75 musical performances and activities throughout the weekend, and encouraging students to visit neighborhood libraries over the summer. It is estimated that summer breaks cause the average student to lose up to one month of instruction per year, with students from low-income families disproportionately affected.

“We are delighted to kick off another season of Summer Reading,” said BPL’s CEO and President Linda E. Johnson. “What better way to spend the long summer days than with a good book?”

Photo courtesy Brooklyn Public Library

The kickoff event provided Brooklyn families an opportunity to sign up for BPL’s Summer Reading program, and to get started on summer challenges in which children and teens complete activities to be entered in a random drawing for a set of books specially curated for the winners. Eligible activities include posting a book review, checking out a library book or attending one of approximately 13,000 library programs offered over the summer.

Photo courtesy Brooklyn Public Library

Children and families will be able to track their summer reading using Beanstack, an online mobile-first program which encourages and tracks reading. Writing a review qualifies kids to enter a random drawing for a pair of Bluetooth headphones or a set of picture books for young children.

Last year, the Summer Reading program provided 142,000 participants with book lists, literacy-building activities, engaging games and competitive reading challenges. Over 232,000 people attended Summer Reading programs in 2017.

This year, the library is also hosting a baseball book review contest; the winners will represent BPL at the Summer Reading Yankee game on August 16.

For more information and to see a calendar with activities go here.


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Andrea Leonhardt

“Made in Germany,” Andrea Leonhardt is the managing editor for BK Reader. Andrea holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, with minors in American studies and education, and a master’s...

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