All KCLS libraries will be closed on Thursday, July 4. Plan your visit with this list of all holiday closures.

Summer Reading for All Ages!

Summer Reading for All Ages!

Read and have fun for all ages this summer.


How to participate:

Starting June 1, come to your library to pick up a reading log booklet or start tracking your time online.

Starting July 1, after reading 500 minutes, bring your log to the library for a prize.

After reading 1,000 minutes, return to the library with your log for a final prize.

Read anything you want, including reading to someone else or listening to a book.

One halfway prize and one finisher prize per person, while supplies last. Last day to pick up prizes is September 7.

Why Summer Reading?

It's important for all ages!

Research shows when children and teens select their own reading materials and read for enjoyment, they retain their reading skills.

Summer is a critical time to keep reading and prevent the "summer slide" or reading skills loss while not in school.

Reading for pleasure also benefits adults; it improves brain health, reduces stress and offers opportunities for learning and growth.

No matter your age, King County Library System (KCLS) invites you to be a part of our community of readers!

Community Partners

Visit a Museum this Summer

Several local museums are presenting programs in our libraries this summer as part of the Summer Reading Program. Visiting a museum can be a fun, educational experience.

Get free museum passes with your KCLS library card!

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon walk with The Museum of Flight.

Discover a fantastic place to play and learn at KidsQuest Children's Museum.

Learn more about STEM at Pacific Science Center.



A Universe of Stories: Summer Reading for Birth-Age 5

Celebrate this year's Summer Reading theme with fiction and nonfiction books about space for young children.

A Universe of Stories: Summer Reading for Grades K-3

Celebrate this year's Summer Reading theme with fiction and nonfiction books about space for children.

A Universe of Stories Summer Reading for Grades 4-6

Celebrate this year's Summer Reading theme with fiction and nonfiction books about space for older children.

Portals to a New Universe: Adult Summer Reading

Need summer reading inspiration? Try one of these sci-fi or fantasy picks for adults.

Summer Meals at the Library

Stop by the library for free meals this summer for all children and teens.

Manage Your Family's Summer Reading in One App

Learn how to track your family's summer reading progress in one app this summer.

Use Alexa to Log Your Summer Reading Minutes

Learn how to enable an Alexa skill that can track your minutes for Summer Reading.

Young Adult Fiction Set in Space

Explore a universe of these stories in these young adult novels set in space.

Summer eBook Reads Without the Wait

Hot picks from years past - just as perfect for summer as they were last year or the year before, without the wait!

The Blast-Off Show

Various locations
Travel to the edge of the universe to discover a special element with the power to bend space and time and possibly cause trouble on Earth!

Space Dog from Planet K-9

Various locations
Watch a fun space adventure in which Benjamin D. Dog pretends to be a space alien who has crash-landed his cardboard spaceship on Earth.

The Jammin' on Jupiter Show

Various locations
Sing, dance and laugh with the band as they blast off to the moon! Explore strange new worlds and meet a few hilarious aliens.

Space Odyssey Exhibit

Various locations
Explore meteorites, constellations, and Jupiter’s storms. Travel across Martian terrain with a robot arm. Co-led by Pacific Science Center.

Suggested Activities from NASA: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Launch rockets, build a hovercraft, build a solar oven, and many more fun activities!

Free Fun Space Activities for Families and Caregivers

Explore experiments and activities about the moon and planets from the Lunar Planetary Institute.
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