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King County Library System Makes Summer Reading Fun | Sponsored

Children, teens and adults can all win prizes through its annual program

By King County Library System July 10, 2023

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This post is sponsored.

This article originally appeared in the September/October 2023 issue of Seattle Magazine.

Join the King County Library System (KCLS) for all-ages summer reading! Earn prizes and attend events at your KCLS library all summer long. Our free Summer Reading Program is open to children, teens, and adults — all are welcome! Visit to get started.

Here’s how to participate:

Drop into your KCLS library to pick up a Reading Challenge log or sign up online. Read anything you’d like for 20 minutes a day, through Aug. 31. This includes reading to someone else or listening to an audiobook. Track your time to earn prizes.

Each time you meet your daily goal, just mark a shape on your reading log. When you mark 25 shapes, you may receive a Halfway Prize; when you mark 50 shapes, you may receive a Finisher Prize.

The Halfway Prize consists of a KCLS Reader patch, with artwork from local artist Jenna Riggs, and the patron’s
name is posted on the community board at their local library.

The Finisher Prize consists of a journal that celebrates being a KCLS Reader, with artwork from local artist Jenna Riggs, and a sticker next to the patron’s name on the community board at their library.

Prizes are available while supplies last and are made possible by the King County Library System Foundation. Prizes may be picked up beginning July 1.

You can also participate in fun and educational events and activities all summer long, including arts and crafts workshops, music and magic programs, outdoor StoryWalks, STEM learning opportunities, and more!

Reading is important for all ages. Research shows that children and teens grow their reading skills when they choose their own books and read for enjoyment. It is especially important to keep children’s minds active and engaged during the summer to prevent learning loss while students are out of school. Reading for pleasure also benefits adults. It improves brain health, reduces stress, and offers opportunities for learning and growth.


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