Read, learn and discover with Explore Summer programs

Sno-Isle Libraries has dozens of fun, hands-on events to keep young minds engaged with its Explore Summer programs for kids and teens.

Smiles and color result from the Explore Summer: Galaxy Paintings program at Mill Creek Library on July 11.

Kids and teens who get involved in summer activities that include reading, learning and hands-on discovery start the new school year better prepared for academic success. Many of this year’s Explore Summer interactive events focus on space exploration and technology in honor of the 50th anniversary of Apollo XI, America’s first successful manned mission to the moon. Other events focus on art and science.

Each Explore Summer participant whose reading log shows he or she read for at least 10 hours by Aug. 31 earns a free book and a “Keep Reading” bookmark. And that reading material doesn’t have to be a book. Read a newspaper. Read a magazine. Read anything with words. Even a caregiver who reads to a young reader can help a child earn a free book.

Librarian Vicky Beatty shows how to fold a flying space alien during Explore Summer: Origami Cool Zone at Stanwood Library on July 3.

Every Sno-Isle Libraries community library has an Explore Summer event scheduled through Aug. 29. Go to sno-isle.org/exploresummer and click on the “Sign Up” button, then check out the links to recommended books for kids and teens, events, games and activities, and the printable reading log.

The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation covers the cost of the books that successful Explore Summer readers earn.