Summer Reading 2021: Chart your path

Reading takes us on boundless journeys. This summer, we invite you to chart a path wherever you want to go. Summer Reading cards for children, teens and adults feature blank stepping stones that you can fill in however you like. You choose how you’ll remember your summer of reading. By the end of the season, you’ll have a colorful page to display as a reminder or to share with others.

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DOWNLOAD YOUR SUMMER READING CARDS: AVAILABLE IN MULTIPLE LANGUAGES!

Summer Reading cards for children, teens and adults feature blank stepping stones that you can fill in however you like. Write the title of a book or draw a picture of it. Craft a poem or color your feelings. Get creative – anything goes. Pick up your copy at your local library or bookmobile or download a card: English for prereaders or readers; Punjabi for prereaders or readers; Russian for prereaders or readers; Spanish for prereaders or readers.

English for prereaders
English for readers

The library is here for you.

Punjabi for prereaders
Punjabi for readers

ਲਾਇਬਰੇਰੀ ਤੁਹਾਡੇ ਲਈ ਹਾਜ਼ਰ ਹੈ।

Russian for prereaders
Russian for readers

Библиотека к вашим услугам

Spanish for prereaders
Spanish for readers

La biblioteca está a su disposición.

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ADD TO YOUR SUMMER READING FUN WITH THESE READING-INSPIRED ACTIVITIES

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STORYWALK® (beginning June 1)

This summer, make county libraries your destination. With 10 branches located throughout Whatcom County (plus bookmobile stops!), visiting each branch—and exploring local attractions along the way—is a great way to explore your own backyard.

Experience reading and the great outdoors at the same time by taking a StoryWalk® at any Whatcom County Library System building. A different book will be featured at every location. Pages from the book are installed along an outdoor path. As you stroll, you’ll be directed to the next page in the story. Follow “trail signs” that mark the way.

Some trails will lead you through library gardens; others may take you to places unknown. Stroll down a path reading the story as you go. You’ll find a different story at each library and in storefronts of downtown Ferndale. Visit them all.

In Ferndale, the library is teaming up with the Ferndale Kiwanis to present a StoryWalk® in downtown Ferndale store windows. Let the story lead you all around town as you go from page to page.

And you can follow a StoryWalk® by strolling through downtown Blaine as well, visiting shops and gathering places and local landmarks as you discover the storybook pages throughout the town.

 

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS

girl with binocularsExtend your Whatcom County library tour by visiting community attractions. The staff at our 10 branch libraries have great local knowledge to share. Here are their suggestions for things to see and do in their communities. Most stops are also a great place
to read a book!

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YOUTH BOOK DAY

In celebration of summer reading, we invite kids and teens to visit their local WCLS library on Saturday, July 31, to choose a free paperback book to keep. From board books to teen tomes, we have a huge variety, thanks to the generous support of the Whatcom County Library Foundation and Friends of the Library groups.

One day only; get yours while supplies last!
Saturday, July 31, during library hours.

 

SCAVENGER HUNT (beginning June 1)

blue mailbox in libraryPick up a Scavenger Hunt list from the blue mailbox at your library or the bookmobile! There will be a new card each week so you can have fun all summer long. On the back of the card, you’ll find Early Literacy prompts for prereaders. Each week we’ll offer ideas for fun ways to practice Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing and Playing.

Find your library or bookmobile location here!

 

PODCAST

Learn more about WCLS libraries on our new Podcast: WCLS of Whatcom County presents: Library Stories!

This biweekly show will feature conversations and interviews all about your public libraries and the people who populate them. Tune in to laugh a little and learn a little about the communities, the staff, the events, the backrooms, the happenings, and much more. It’s a half hour of happiness delivered to your earbuds every two weeks!

Find it at wcls.org/podcast or on your favorite podcast platforms.

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