Make the most of summer

You can see the signs everywhere: flowering trees with heavenly aromas, beautiful tulips exploding with color, and temperatures slowly beginning to rise. Yes, summer is on the way and we’re putting the finishing touches on our signature summer learning program—Summer of Adventure. The program is an excellent way to keep your family engaged and learning over the summer months so that kids will be prepared for a successful return to school this fall.

Literacy studies show that children who do not read during the summer demonstrate a significant loss in reading skills, while students who read just five to six books throughout the summer months perform better the following school year. The library’s Summer of Adventure program gives youth and their families fun ways to incorporate reading and learning activities into summer family time to help avoid summer learning loss, a problem that affects kids of all ages and income levels.

“Summer is the perfect time for adventure and we’re excited to help Denver kids read, learn and grow all summer long,” said Program Coordinator Yanira Durarte. “The Summer of Adventure program offers a flexible environment for youth to personalize their own learning during the summer months. We’ve lined up fantastic opportunities, including reading programs, music programs, a maker challenge and social activities that help children birth through 12th grade make the most of their summer.”

About the program

The Summer of Adventure program provides free activities, suggestions for summer reading, technology camps and a maker challenge for kids ages birth through 12th grade. Participants can map their own adventure by selecting activities that encourage them to read, make or explore. Prizes are awarded for registering and completing 12 activities; prizes include books, journals and more. Youth can also win family passes to various cultural institutions through weekly drawings. 

Important dates:

  • Program: May 31– Aug. 10
  • Last Day to Register: Saturday, July 27
  • Last Day for Prizes: Saturday, Aug. 10


All programs of the Denver Public Library including Summer of Adventure are free and open to the public. While we encourage everyone to sign up for a library card, one is not required to participate.

Written by ChrisH on May 13, 2019