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2018 Summer Reading Program

This year’s Summer Reading Program theme is “Libraries Rock!”.  It’s 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-K, K-2 grades, and 3-5 grades (based upon the school level just completed). Children may choose to do a Reading Log or a Challenge Sheet or do both. We leave it up 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 12 Noon on  Thursday, June 14 at our Rock ‘ N Roll Out Rock Star Party for kids in grades K through 5. You also may register at the Library during open hours or at our special Wednesday performances at the Friday Harbor Elementary School Pavilion and at our Friday Outdoor Preschool Story and Play Times at the San Juan Island Fairgrounds.

Our Summer Reading Program is guaranteed to be rewarding and educational, so be sure to register!

Rock ‘n Roll Out Summer Reading Program

Rock Star Party

Thursday, June 14 @ 12 Noon

Kids in Grades K through 5

Become a rock star at the Library’s Rock ‘n Roll Out party.  We’ll have face painting, temporary hair color and other fun stuff to create your rock ‘n roll style.  Cool photo booth to capture your stylin’ look.  Register for our Reading Program while you’re groovin’ to music and munching on snacks.  It’s all free thanks to the Friends of the San Juan Island Library.

Charlie Williams, the Noise Guy

Wednesday, June 27 @ 1:30 PM

FHES Pavilion

Lord of the microphone, Czar of sound, Charlie uses amazing vocal imitations that inspire kids to become roaring readers.  Imagine the story of the Tortoise & the Hare being told with the sound of cars  racing past or Jack chopping down a beanstalk using a chainsaw!  That’s Charlie!  It will be a noisy show.

Alley Oop

Wednesday, July 11 @ 1:30 PM

FHES Pavilion


Alley Oop is a fabulous puppeteer, storyteller and musician. He will be traveling here with his pal Billy Bear the Silly Bear for an afternoon of music, songs,  riddles, and stories.  You have to see and hear his collection of whistles from around the world.  There will be musical games for the kids.

Micah & Me Dance Party @ Brickworks

Friday, July 13 @ 7 PM


Back by popular demand, it’s the Portland band of dads Micah & Me bringing song and dance to our island children.  This must-not miss party starts at 7 PM on Friday, July 13.  While tailored for families with younger children, everyone is invited to this exciting night of music. 

We had a blast last year dancing to the live band with old time favorites like The Hokey Pokey and fun new songs, too.

Ukulele Fun with Micah & Me

Saturday, July 14 @ 11 AM

San Juan Island Library Meeting Room

The members of the band Micah & Me are hosting a Ukulele Workshop on Saturday morning for children and families.  The band is bringing lots of ukuleles to teach a short workshop on how to play them. 

Please register in advance for this musical hour-long workshop as space is limited.


Bill Robison

Wednesday, July 18 @ 1:30 PM

FHES Pavilion


Back for a return engagement, Bill Robison’s limitless energy transports audiences to a zany, unpredictable and hilarious world.  His performances are a synthesis of outlandish comedy, a penchant for the absurd and a reckless sense of abandon.   You will love this fast paced comedy show.

Roberto the Magnificent

Wednesday, July 25 @ 1:30 PM

FHES Pavilion


Another island favorite is Roberto the Magnificent. He explodes onto the stage for an action-packed performance that highlights his unique variety of cirque-style skills that include riding very tall unicycles & industrial strength pogo sticks, juggling super sharp knives, flaming torches, & spinning hand saws, all while keeping you engaged and laughing.

Cap’n Arrr

Wednesday, August 1 @ 1:30 PM

FHES Pavilion


Cap’n Arrr’s program is packed full of audience participation and includes basic instruction in walking like a pirate, talking like a pirate and laughing like a pirate, too!

You will laugh out loud as he battles with sea creatures, selects his first mate from the audience, and juggles oversized canon balls (giant black balloons filled with water). If you have pirate hats or costumes come dressed as a pirate as Cap’n Arrr is known to pull a few ship mates up on to the stage to show off their pirate skills.

Grand Finale Party after Cap’n Arrr

Wednesday, August 1

FHES Pavilion

To celebrate the completion of the Libraries Rock! Summer Reading Program, we’ll serve cupcakes & juice after Cap’n Arrr’s Pirate Show at Friday Harbor Elementary School.

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 Ukulele with Songbook & Digital Tuner  for Grades K—2, and a portable Electronic Keyboard with Teaching App & 30 songs for Grades 3—5.