Children’s Summer Reading Program

Build a Better World Summer 2017

The Reading Program:

This year’s program is open to elementary school-age children, preschoolers, toddlers, and caregivers with infants.  The program is free and tailored for a variety of learning styles and age groups: Pre-Kindergarten, grades K- 2, grades 3-5 (based upon the school level just completed).  Children may choose to do a Reading Log or a Challenge Sheet.  They also may do both.  We leave it to them to choose the option that best suits their learning abilities.

Participants receive an activity packet to keep track of their participation.  Prizes are awarded for reaching reading goals and completing challenges.  Those who finish the whole program receive 3 free books and 3 chances to win special prizes geared for each level.

Program registration begins at 10 AM on Friday, June 16.  You also may register at the Library during open hours or at our special Wednesday Family performances held at the Friday Harbor Elementary School Outdoor Pavilion.  Our Summer Reading Program is guaranteed to be rewarding and educational, so be sure to register!

Special thanks to The Friends of the San Juan Island Library for financially supporting the entire Summer Reading Program.  Due to their generosity and commitment, the Summer Reading Program is free for all children and families.

 Free Wednesday Performances

All Wednesday Performances Start at 1:30 PM under the Pavilion at Friday Harbor Elementary School, located at 92 Grover Street. Families, Children & Visitors all Welcome

Wednesday, July 19 @ 1:30 PM

Clay Martin’s Puppet Theater: a master of all forms of the ancient art of puppetry.  Watch closely, you’ll see the breath of life filing these “inanimate” objects.

Wednesday, July 26 @ 1:30 PM

Joe Black, Master Magician: a fabulous new to the island magician as our show stopping final performer!

Wednesday, July 26 – Grand Finale Party after Joe Black, Master Magician



To celebrate the completion of the reading program, we’ll serve cupcakes & juice after the performance.

The grand prize drawings will be held for each reading level:  Pre-K, Grades K-2, & Grades 3-5.  The prizes are specially tailored for each age level and include passes to A Place to Play for the Pre-K level, a Kidizoom Action Cam for Grades K-2, and a 3Doodler Super Mega Pen Set for Grades 3-5.

Drawing winners need not be present.





Special Thursday Afternoon Events

Thursday, July 20, 2 – 3:30 PM

Build a Better Community Afternoon

Help us make cookie cutter bird feeders.  They are super easy to make and will give our island birds a treat.  We will make enough for each child to take one home and for us to hang in the Library neighborhood trees!  It’s free, just drop in the Library for a fun time.

Outdoor Preschool Story Time at the Fairgrounds

Fridays at 10:30 AM

Friday, July 21 at 10:30 AM

Build a Better World! stories, tending our gardens and marking cards and art for ourselves and the Senior at the Village at the Harbor.


Friday, July 28 at 10:30 AM at the Village at the Harbor

Build a Better World! Finale at the Village at the Harbor to deliver our vegetable wagon and cards .  There will be stories, songs and refreshments for all.

Paint the Rock Picnic

Saturday, July 29 at 12:30 PM

Calling all kids from preschool through teens, come paint the Rock with us.  We’ll have the Rock divided into sections for all to paint.  And, we’ll pack a picnic for all.

 Let’s Celebrate our Summer Reading Theme, “Build a Better World!” at the Rock!