Discover Summer for Children

Discover Summer for Children

Children ages 6 - 12 are invited to go, find and explore with DC Public Library this summer!


Discover Summer Prizes | Be A Super Reader | Discover Summer Events | Complete Your Discover Summer Gameboard | Summer Learning

This summer, DC Public Library invites your family to Discover Summer, a city-wide celebration of reading and learning at home, at the library and out in your community. Reading for 20 minutes a day is one of the best ways to set up your child for success. Discover Summer's 6 - 12 program supports your child's continued learning through STEAM. STEAM allows children to build critical skills through hands-on learning. It is about lifelong learning through collaboration. What is 

  • Science: Science teaches critical thinking skills and shows children how to learn through process.
  • Technology: Technology is an integral part of how we live and learn and it is important to know how to use it.
  • Engineering: Engineering encourages iteration and how to create, test and modify to improve something.
  • Arts: The arts allow children to express their creativity, observe and contemplate.
  • Math: Math is more than 2+2! It also helps children identify patterns and how to use logic.
Each activity on the Discover Summer gameboard will help your family get excited about learning. Complete at least four activities each month to be in the running for prizes sponsored by the DC Public Library Foundation!

Discover Summer Prizes

Bring your paper gameboard to your neighborhood library or ensure you have marked at least four activities complete in Beanstack by the last day of each month to be in the running for monthly prize drawings. This year's prizes for children ages 6 - 12 are:
  • June: 3D Animal Kit
  • July: Tiny Planetarium
  • August: 
    • Tickets to a Washington Nationals Game
    • Coloring Poster of D.C.
    • A free book of your choice!

Click here to get started by registering for Discover Summer 2022!

Be A Super Reader

Children 6 - 12 who log reading for 20 minutes a day in the month of August for a 2-week streak will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a Smithsonian Building Block Set. The prize is sponsored by the DC Public Library Foundation. Visit your neighborhood library to learn more and pick up your Super Reader gameboard.

Discover Summer Events at Your Neighborhood Library

The Library is hosting events throughout the summer at a neighborhood library near you with your family’s favorite performers and activities. Check out some of the highlighted performers below and check out the library's events calendar to find all upcoming events near you.

123 Andres and Christina123 Andrés | Characters and Stories
In this program, Andrés and Christina invite the audience to co-create stories and songs with them. You will help them draw out different elements – like characters and settings – from the stories and songs, like Ten Little Birds/ Diez Pajaritos, and also make up new stories and adventures on the spot! You will use your imagination, and sing and act out the stories together. 

Karen O. Brown | Visual Artist & Arts EducatorKaren O. Brown 
Karen O. Brown’s workshops strengthen curriculum and deepen learning for all ages. Karen’s inspired and welcoming approach to teaching draws students in as they discover the joys of artistic exploration. 

Diane MacklinDiane Macklin | Water Wonder Tales
How do people thrive in adversity while maintaining the bonds of family and community? Through Storytelling! Diane Macklin, Master Teller, stirs a savory blend of stories seasoned with truth, wit, and humor. Water Wonder Tales explore stories that connect us to the vast expanse of oceans, rivers, streams, and puddles that make this planet our home. 

ScienceMad Science
Marvels of Motion | This interactive event is all about the fundamentals of moving science. Learn about matter and molecules. Explore the forces affecting earth, such as gravity, with our Mad Science antennae. Explore Newton’s 3 Laws of Motion with some exciting motion demonstrations, including our Newton-mobile.
Spin, Pop Boom | The audience will be amazed when the Mad Scientist is able to defy gravity in this energetic and spectacular special event.  Foaming cups and steaming chemical reactions will introduce children to a world of exciting chemistry, while centrifugal force demonstrations and our Mad Science windbag will show them some fun physics.
Up, Up and Away! | This spellbinding special event introduces children to the principles of air and pressure. Hot air balloons, vortex generators and even a hovercraft will help children understand the power of air.

Uncle Devin sitting while playing two BongosThe Uncle Devin Show
The Uncle Devin Show® is an interactive musical experience for children by renowned drummer, Devin Walker. The show cultivates the minds of children through percussion instruments and is a dynamic cross between DC’s Trouble Funk and Schoolhouse Rock. The entire family will experience the rhythm of Uncle Devin’s infectious blend of Jazz, Funk and DC’s official music, Go-Go.  

Check out the DC Public Library events calendar to see what is coming up this month for Children Ages 6-12 at your library! 

Complete Your Discover Summer Gameboard with the Library

Working on completing your Discover Summer Gameboard activities? The DC Public Library has everything you need to Discover Summer! Read on to learn about resources that will help you check off all of your Discover Summer activities and get you one step closer to completing your gameboard!

Make a Top 10 List of What You Want to Do This Summer
Check out these picture books and chapter books that celebrate the magic of the season, explore activities you can do and explore the realities that many children and families face over the summer months - nervousness about meeting people at camp, taking responsibility for siblings, trips to see new family and more.

Visit a New D.C. Landmark
D.C. has so many iconic landmarks on the National Mall like the Lincoln Memorial, The Washinton Monument and more. This summer we invite you to check out some of the other interesting monuments and spaces around your neighborhood! Check out the DC Public Library's Discover Summer Interesting Places Guide to find a fun place to visit near you!

Attend a Library Event In Person or Online
Check out upcoming events for children ages 6-12 at a neighborhood library near you!

Read a Biography About Someone You Admire
Check out great picture book biographies on amazing individuals who have left their mark on the world from musicians to artists, to scientists, to athletes and more! 

Listen to an Audiobook or Podcast
OverDrive / Libby KidsCheck out great audiobooks for a variety of interests and reading levels with your library card from Overdrive or tune in to the Library's family podcast Secret Passage!

Read a Graphic Novel
Comics PlusLog in to Comics Plus with your Library Card to gain unlimited access to thousands of digital comics, graphic novels, and manga from popular publishers like Archie Comics, BOOM! Studios, Valiant and many more!

Play a Game With Your Family
Pop by your neighborhood library for a game night! Whether you want to get active playing video games on a Wii or want to play board games, there are fun options for everyone!

Read a Book About A Scientist
Learn about pivotal figures in science, technology, engineering and math.

Draw A Picture of a Favorite Character from a Book
Get inspired and learn drawing skills with these fun books that share tips for drawing animals, plants, objects and more for kids!

Take a Walk in Your Neighborhood, Talk About What You See
Take a walk around your neighborhood or head out to discover one of the many beautiful green spaces around D.C. highlighted in the DC Public Library Discover Summer Parks Guide!

Design Your Dream Library. What Would it Include?
Designing your dream library is a fun activity that encourages your child to think about design and how spaces are created as well as let their imaginations run wild to build the space of their dreams! To do this activity you can:
  1. Get out some drawing materials, paper, crayons, etc.
  2. Talk about what you do as a family at the library now and then think about what you COULD do at the library - the sky is the limit in this imaginary space!
  3. Start to draw out the different spaces you'd like to create for those activities like a blueprint.
  4. After you have your space drawn out and decorated the way you'd like, talk about what you've drawn. What did it feel like to imagine a dream space with no limits? What did you learn about yourself as you thought about what you'd put in a library designed just for you?
Ask a Librarian for a Book Recommendation
Stop by your neighborhood library to connect with a children's librarian! View all library locations and hours to find a library near you. 

Do an Experiment or Try a New Skill
Learn and perform different experiments with Miss Tara's STEM Time series! View the whole playlist below.

Write a Letter to Someone
No matter who your child decides to write a letter to, get inspired to make it special with these great titles about how to write letters and then decorate them with beautiful calligraphy and doodles created with letters!

Summer Learning with the Library

This summer your student may be participating in a number of learning activities through school, summer camp and at home! The Library is here to support your family as you pursue summer learning. With Brainfuse HelpNow, your child has access to live tutoring in English and Spanish from 1 p.m. - 10 p.m. each day. Tutors can help your child in many core subjects, including math, science and English language arts. In addition, students may submit papers to HelpNow’s Writing Lab for expert assistance and feedback, or collaborate with peers in virtual study spaces. Learn more about HelpNow and other learning resources at the Library’s Homework Help for Kids page

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