2021 Summer Reading Program

For specific event registrations, scroll down the page to find the event you want to register for! Events are organized by age group. 

The Upper Skagit Library is a member of the Collaborative Summer Library Program organization, which puts together programming for participating members to use for summer reading programs across the nation. The goal is to keep kids (and their families!) reading even when school is out for the summer. Each summer’s program has a different theme to celebrate. Here at the Upper Skagit Library, we use some of the programming provided by the CSLP as well as some events and ideas of our own!

2021’s Summer Reading Program begins on June 1st and ends on July 31st.

This year's theme is Tails and Tales!

To participate in the Summer Reading Program, fill out the form below!

How does the Summer Reading Program work?

Patrons with library cards can participate in our Summer Reading Program. If you do not have a library card, you are welcome to apply for one!

Step 1 of the Summer Reading Program is to register using the form above. This lets us know how many people are participating which helps us prepare our supplies!

Our Summer Reading Program is made up of many different activities including presentations, crafts, Storytimes, creative activities, and reading challenges. If you participate in at least one SRP activity you are eligible to get prizes! 

For each additional activity you complete, you can receive more prizes or entries that go towards our Grand Prize Drawing. There will be three grand prizes: one for kids, one for teens, and one for adults. The more activities you participate in, the more chances you have of wining the grand prize!

SRP for Kids

Events

Concrete Youth Activity Day: Concrete Safari

Concrete Youth Activity Day’s theme this year is “Concrete Safari!” 

Families will drive their car to several safari locations and participate in distanced activities while they use binoculars provided by the library to search for (stuffed) animals.

Sponsored and organized by the Concrete Resource Coalition, families will receive goodie bags filled with neat treasures and information from many local organizations. 

While you’re on Safari, keep an eye out for a very special guest, who usually make an appearance during the library’s Silly Saturdays!

Concrete Youth Activity Day will be on Thursday, July 22nd, from 3-5pm. Stay tuned for more information! 

[Participating in the Concrete Safari earns young patrons five entries towards the children’s grand prize drawing!]

Teachers of Nature Zoom Presentation

June 19th, 11am via Zoom. Registration required. Live closed captioning will be provided.

“Ecology is the study of the relationships between the living and non-living components found on Earth. In this class, join Alyce on a discovery and introduction to this field of life science. Learn about the main topics of Ecology and how that data helps scientists understand our planet.

Become an ecologist yourself, and be prepared to make observations, analyze your own data, and draw some conclusions.

This class will give you a new, scientific way of looking at our planet and how both the living & non-living things are needed, and necessary in their ecosystems.”

For the Upper Skagit Library, Teachers of Nature have modified this class to be specific to ecology in Washington State!

—  Teachers of Nature

[Participating in the Teachers of Nature Zoom presentation earns young patrons five entries towards the children’s grand prize drawing!]

Rebecca Murray Author Event: "The Bird and the Hippo"

July 23rd, 11am. Stay tuned to see if this is an online or in person event!

Join us for a special storytime with local author Rebecca Murray as she reads from her book “The Bird and the Hippo” and tells us the amazing story of how and why she wrote it!

[Participating in the “Bird and the Hippo” author event earns young patrons five entries towards the children’s grand prize drawing!]

Stuffed Animal Sleepover

July 13th: Drop off begins at 11am.

July 14th: Pick up begins at 2pm.

Our stuffed animal friends are having a sleepover at the library! Bring your friend to the library and check them in for a night of fun! Our stuffed animal friends will participate in fun activities like storytime, movie watching, chess matches, LEGO building, hide-and-seek ,and more. We’ll take pictures of their adventures and you’ll get copies printed out and posted on social media! The next day, come pick them up and hear all about the fun!

Kids Reading Logs available for pick-up now!

For every 30 minutes that you read during the Summer Reading Program, put a sticker on a circle on the back of your reading log! Finished your log? Turn it in for a prize! 

Kids Summer Reading Bingo Card

[When young patrons complete one full row of tasks for a bingo, they will earn one entry towards the children’s grand prize drawing. For each additional row completed they will receive another entry into the drawing.]

SRP for Teens and Young Adults

Teen/Young Adult Reading Logs available for pick-up now!

For every 30 minutes that you read during the Summer Reading Program, put a sticker on a circle on the back of your reading log! Finished your log? Turn it in for a prize! 

 

*Note: Some reading logs don’t have circles on the back – for these just mark the dates and times you read! 

[For each complete reading log submitted to library staff, teens will earn one entry towards the teens’ grand prize drawing!]

Teen/Young Adult Summer Reading Bingo Card

[When teen patrons complete one full row of tasks for a bingo, they will earn one entry towards the teens’ grand prize drawing. For each additional row completed they will receive another entry into the drawing.]

Teen Video Challenge

Need help creating your video? We have video equipment available for checkout and Miss Chazlyn would be THRILLED to collab or help out! Just send her an email to get started!

chazlyn@upperskagitlibrary.org

Do you have a passion for reading or libraries? Do you want to share your video or performative skills with teens across the country? The Teen Video Challenge is for you!

Five winners will be chosen and will receive: a $200 cash prize, and $50 worth of summer reading materials for their library!

The Teen Video Challenge is an annual video contest and is open to all teens (librarian and teacher support is encouraged). The challenge is for teens to create a public services announcement-type video that shows their unique interpretation of the 2021 CSLP slogan “Tails and Tales.” Videos are to be no longer than 60 seconds and should promote libraries and reading.

Videos will be accepted June 1 through August 6, 2021

[Participation in the Teen Video Challenge will earn teens four entries towards the teens’ grand prize drawing.]

SRP for Adults

Events

[Participation in events earns adult patrons five entries towards the adults’ grand prize drawing.]

Upper Skagit Library x Humanities Washington Present This Is The End: How Movies Prepared Us For The Apocalypse with Robert Horton

July 24th, 11am via Zoom. Registration required. Live closed captioning will be provided. 

Great city streets emptied of people; a population panicked; misinformation in the air. If some of our experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic seemed familiar, it might be because the movies already imagined them. Whether the cause is environmental factors (The Day After Tomorrow, Snowpiercer, Contagion), nuclear disaster (On the Beach), or unexplained doomsday (Midnight Sky, Children of Men), film has explored what it looks like when the “Big One” hits—and how we might react.

In this talk illustrated with clips, Robert Horton looks at the eerie imagery of apocalyptic movies, and how these films foreshadowed our responses during the pandemic: the extremes of divisiveness and community-building, the loneliness of isolation, and the tantalizing possibility of starting over again—but maybe doing it better this time.

Robert Horton (he/him), a member of the National Society of Film Critics, was the longtime film reviewer for the Seattle Weekly, Everett Herald, and KUOW. His books include a critical study of Frankenstein. He has been a Fulbright specialist, a Smithsonian Journeys speaker, and an instructor at Seattle University and the Architectural Association in London. He now hosts the radio program, The Music and the Movies.

Looking to get ready for the event? We have a display up in the library with the DVDs that will be talked about during the presentation! 
 
Want to reserve a DVD? Log into your Upper Skagit Library account to place a hold! 
 

Upper Skagit Library x Humanities Washington Present After The Blast: Mount St. Helens 40 Years Later with Eric Wagner

July 30th, 11am via Zoom. Registration required. Live closed captioning will be provided.

On May 18, 1980, the world watched in awe as Mount St. Helens erupted, killing 57 people and causing hundreds of square miles of destruction. Everyone thought it would take ages for life to return to the mountain, but scientists who visited soon after were stunned to find plants sprouting up through the ash and animals skittering around downed trees.

Ecologists have since spent decades studying life’s resilience in the face of seemingly total devastation. Through their work, the eruption of Mount St. Helens has become known as the greatest natural experiment in Pacific Northwest history. In his talk, Eric Wagner takes you on a journey through the blast zone. He explores not just the surprising ways plants and animals survived the eruption, but also the complex roles that people have played, all while showing how fascinating Mount St. Helens still is 40 years after the blast.

Eric Wagner (he/him) is a writer and biologist. He holds a PhD in biology from the University of Washington, where he studied penguins. He is the author of three books, including After the Blast: The Ecological Recovery of Mount St. Helens. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Orion, and High Country News, among many other places.

Want to win a free copy of Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helen’s by Steve Olson?

Register for our Humanities Washington event with Eric Wagner and attend it to win! 

The winner will be randomly selected from those who attend the event! 

Upper Skagit Library x Humanities Washington Present Humanity in Print: Literature and Human Rights with Richard Middleton-Kaplan

Looking to get ready for the event? We have a display up in the library with the books that will be talked about during the presentation! 
 
Want to reserve a book? Log into your Upper Skagit Library account to place a hold! 
 
 
 
 
 
Additional Discussion Resources: 
 
Linda Ellia’s Notre Combat, www.notrecombat.net
Note from Richard: The third tab from the left, “Exhibitions,” will take you to links for the four exhibition sites. Then when you click on the link “Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA” you will be taken to images of the exhibit entry and links to several articles including one in which some teen visitors to the exhibit share their reactions and their own work. I feel so fortunate to have seen the entire exhibit in person.
 

July 31st, 11am via Zoom. Registration required. Live closed captioning will be provided.

We don’t extend human rights to people we don’t see as fully human. So how do we develop empathy for those we view as alien or inhuman? One way is through literature, which takes us inside the lives and actions of others. By instilling empathy, and by giving voice to cries for justice, literature forms the foundation for human rights.

Professor Richard Middleton-Kaplan shares stories about human rights activists he has encountered throughout his academic career. What these activists endured was shocking, yet they found meaning and beauty in literature, and so can we.

In this talk, audiences will discuss literary works that illuminate how to respond to those around us who have suffered human rights violations, and those who have committed incomprehensible acts. These works can even help us to make sense of the wrongs that we ourselves have endured.

Richard Middleton-Kaplan (he/him) is the dean of arts and sciences at Walla Walla Community College. In 2011, Richard spent a sabbatical at the Centre for Applied Human Rights at University of York, helping to develop a course on literature and human rights. His publications include “Using Literature to Teach Peace” in Peace Research: The Canadian Journal of Peace and Conflict Studies.

Adult Reading Logs available for pick-up now!

For every 30 minutes that you read during the Summer Reading Program, put a sticker on a circle on the back of your reading log! Finished your log? Turn it in for a prize! 

*Note: Some reading logs don’t have circles on the back – for these just mark the dates and times you read! 

[For each complete reading log submitted to library staff,  adults will earn one entry towards the adults’ grand prize drawing!]

Adult Summer Reading Bingo Card

[When adult patrons complete one full row of tasks for a bingo, they will earn one entry towards the adults’ grand prize drawing. For each additional row completed they will receive another entry into the drawing.]

SRP for everyone!

Events

Whale Museum Zoom Presentation: Southern Resident Killer Whales

July 17th, 11am via Zoom. Registration required. Live closed captioning will be provided.

During this engaging and interactive program, learn about the biology, ecology, social structure, behaviors, endangered status, threats, and conservation measures surrounding our local orcas as well as about the federal recovery plan meant to help protect them. 

This is an all-ages program open not just to Upper Skagit Library patrons, but patrons of any of the other Skagit County libraries as well. Registration is required. Once you register you will receive an email with the Zoom link needed to attend as well as instructions and templates for creating your own Orca puppet and Orca bookmark! 

[Participation in events earns patrons five entries towards the grand prize drawing for their age group.]

Create a Creature Contest

Sphinxes, griffins, and hippogriffs – oh my! The newest creature on the block beats them all, and do you know why? Its because YOU created it! 

This contest is simple – create a creature that’s never been created before and show it to library staff. You can draw its likeness, paint it, draw it in chalk, take a photo dressed like it, or anything else your imagination can come up with! 

Submit your creature design via email (chazlyn@upperskagitlibrary.org) by July 31st to receive a prize!

[Participation in the Create a Creature Contest earns patrons three entries towards the grand prize drawing for their age group.]

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