It's back! This year’s Summer Learning Challenge begins June 1st, 2019 and runs through August 31st. The Summer Learning Challenge is a fun -- and FREE -- way to engage children, families, and adults by challenging them to read, explore new activities, and learn new skills, all summer long! Sign up in person at your local library or online by visiting summerlearners.org, opens a new window. Online participants can track reading and activity goals and readers can also sign up for recommended reading lists! Users also have the ability to register multiple family members online with one account, providing a fun and free way for the whole family to engage with active learning during the school break!
Celebrate All Summer & Participate in Fun Activities!
Yes, summer is the season for fun and relaxation -- and everyone knows learning can be a blast! Youth ages 18 and younger who take the Summer Learning Challenge have access to fantastic perks, including free books and weekly raffles to local experiences in the area like the Levi Stadium Museum, opens a new window, Monster Jam Triple Threat Series, opens a new window, and much more! In addition youth ages 18 and younger who complete the program, have a chance to win the grand prize of a $1,000 college scholarship!
An extra bonus: Youth gain added benefits when they keep their brains active all year. The California Department of Education created the "Summer Matters", opens a new window initiative to support summer learning. Studies show that summer scholars tend to retain the information they learned during the past school year -- and in some cases, students can accelerate their knowledge during summer so that they come back to school in the Fall prepared and ready to jump right back into full-time academics.
What Are You Going to Read?
Summer is an awesome time to read what you want, wherever you want. Whether you're at the beach, visiting another country, or snuggled up in bed, there's more time and freedom to read about whatever grabs your attention. Fiction, nonfiction, magazines, comics, audiobooks: it's all good! If you're into social reading, you could read to someone younger than you or start a book club. Even reading as little as 15 minutes a day will put a smile on your face (and fire up the synapses in your brain)!
Get Up and Play
Another key to a well-balanced summer is engaging in a variety of activities. A surefire way to keep your mind active is to challenge yourself to try new things. We have some ideas for you:
- Cook a meal with your family.
- Go on a hike or bike ride.
- Learn a new language.
- Visit a museum. Get free passes from the library using Discover & Go!
- Play a musical instrument.
- Volunteer in your community.
- Learn to code.
- Explore an eBook/eAudiobook or eMagazine from the library.
- Attend a library event!
Take the Summer Learning Challenge and Register Today!
The Summer Learning Challenge is coordinated by San Mateo County Libraries and offered in partnership with the city libraries of Burlingame, opens a new window, Daly City, opens a new window, Menlo Park, opens a new window, Redwood City, opens a new window, San Bruno, opens a new window, San Mateo, opens a new window and South San Francisco, opens a new window. Recognizing the importance of early learning, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, opens a new window provides funding for the Summer Learning Challenge from Measure K, opens a new window, a half-cent, voter-approved sales tax extension for local needs.
How do you plan to take on the challenge? Let us know below.