Fayette County kicks off Summer Reading Challenge

Fayette Library invites kids and parents to participate in Summer Reading Challenge. Photo/Fayette County.
Fayette Library invites kids and parents to participate in Summer Reading Challenge. Photo/Fayette County.

Fayette County Public Library hosted its Summer Reading Kick-off Monday, June 3. There were over 250 families and children in attendance. The kick-off was hosted by magician, Arthur Atsma. Arthur provided lots of laughter and intriguing demonstrations to keep a person’s mind wondering.

We aim to make summer reading a joyful experience for all! Summer Reading is not just for children, but tweens, teens, and adults…. It’s for everyone. This year’s theme is “Adventure Begins at Your Library.” All of the events taking place this summer is centered around the theme of “adventure.”

The library encourages everyone about the benefits of summer reading, and remind them that there are many benefits to readers in a summer reading program. A summer reading program can help:

  • reluctant readers.
  • develop social skills with participating with fun library activities.
  • participants keep their skills up and reduces memory loss.
  • enhance reading fluency, improves spelling, and reading comprehension.

One unique thing about a summer reading program is that participants are rewarded for reading! There are fun prizes and challenges to help get people excited and developing lifelong reading habits.

The goal for this year’s Summer Reading Program is to engage more adult participation, as well as attracting new and returning library users with programs/ activities that they wouldn’t want to miss.  Stay tuned to the library’s social media accounts (Facebook/ IG) for a complete program listing.

Below are a few June events highlighted that you may enjoy:


 Iron P. Homestead Zoo: Animal Encounters Thursday, June 13th at 10:00am

Gear up for a wild animal extravaganza! Dive into the thrilling world of mammals, reptiles, and birds while meeting some real-life animal celebrities.

Scavenger Hunts

Throughout the summer, we’ll have various themed scavenger hunts in the children’s department. Find all the clues, unravel the riddle, and claim a prize from the treasure box. If your child is too young to crack the riddle, they can still join in. Just help them spot as many hidden pictures as you can find together. Let the adventure begin.

Monday Movies

From June 10th— July 22nd, join us in the children’s department every Monday at 10:00 for kid-friendly screenings of some of our favorite recent releases and old-school favs.

Intergenerational Juneteenth Activities

Juneteenth Jeopardy, Tuesday, June 18th, 11 a.m.

Juneteenth Movie (Hidden Figures), Tuesday, June 18th, 12 p.m.

3rd annual Juneteenth Celebration, Saturday, June 22nd, 1 p.m.


Teen Movie with a Snack

Enjoy an evening of a fun Tween/ Teen Movie with a snack!  (June 11th & 25th)

Come by the library and pick up a craft activity for you to complete at home or on the go.  Take a picture of your completed project and share on the library’s Facebook/ IG.

Escape Room: The Lost Mummy, Friday, June 21st, 1pm-3pm (Tween/ Teens)

Summer Reading registration is through Beanstack and on-site. Beanstack is a digital platform that motivates reading  https://fayettelibrary.beanstack.org.  Participants will be able to track the number of books read and earn badges that will go toward fun-filled prizes.

Keep your mind active, stay busy, and we hope to meet you at the library this summer because “Adventures Begins at Your Library! We look forward to seeing you soon!